What a sight, I mean the Big Ben,Buckingham palace,and the ferris wheel which is called The London Eye. All of these have such a wonderful sight it is just like the Auckland Sky tower on the inside, wouldn’t you want to explore all of these amazing wonders of London,United Kingdom.
Woo hoo guess where I am right now. I am in London in one of the luxurious places,Buckingham palace.
Buckingham palace is the queen's official and main royal London home.It has been the official London residence of Britain's monarchy ( meaning a government with royalty at the head) since 1837. Queen Victoria was the first monarch to live there.
Buckingham palace is not only the home of Queen and Prince Philip but also London’s residence of the Duke of York ( Prince Andrew)
Do you know that the queen has other homes such as Windsor castle,and Balmoral in Scotland.
When the queen is at home,you can see her royal flag flying from the flagpole on top of Buckingham palace.The flag is called the royal standard.
Let me give you some bullet points…
- There are 312 pieces of glass in each clock dial
- Big Ben’s timekeeping is strictly monitored by a stack of coins placed on a huge pendulum.
- Big Ben has rarely stopped.Even after a bomb that destroyed the commons chamber during world war ll the clock tower survived and Big Ben continued to strike the hours.
- The chimes of Big Ben were first broadcast by the BBC on 31st December 1923,a tradition that continues to this day.
- Did you know that the tower is officially known as Elizabeth tower
Let’s move on to a few more facts on the Big Ben.The tower was completed in 1858 and had its 150th anniversary on 31 May 2009,during which celebratory events took place.The tower has become one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in thee stabilizing shot of films set in London.
The London eye’s other name is the Great wheel,Ferris wheel and a few more.Do you know that the massive bell on Big Ben weighs more than 13 tonnes?
Construction of the observation wheel took more than a year and a half to complete.In the process over 1700 tonnes of steel were used for the structure and more than 3000 tonnes of concrete were used for the foundation to hold the milluiem wheel.
Don’t you want to see these sights now that I have given you all this information. Wouldn't you want to explore London and it’s amazing wonders because it is just a wonderful country. Why wouldn’t you want to go to London.