Video: Buckingham Palace Transformed Into Rainforest In Support Of Global Conservation Initiative
In recent history, most people have come to associate Buckingham Palace with the touristic sight of Britain. It is the official London residence of Britain's royal family.
Buckingham Palace has stood the test of time
But, the 775-room palace is more than just a place where the royals live, or a place where tourists hang around, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Queen and her family.
It is the administrative headquarters of the British Monarch, and it has been in use since 1837. That's an impressive 181 years.
The grounds of the palace and the buildings within have stood the test of time.
Generations of country leaders have walked through any one of its 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms. State dinners and garden parties have held on its grounds.
A new look
But, if nothing about the royal home is familiar, the famous balcony that has held generations of royals certainly is.
The palace is considered serious and official.
The iconic façade of Buckingham Palace has been transformed tonight, as a vibrant rainforest design has been projected on to the building as part of a global conservation initiative in The Queen’s name. The @queenscanopy project aims to preserve precious areas of forest around the Commonwealth for future generations. The projection comes at the start of #CHOGM2018 - when representatives of 53 countries will gather in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Summit where they will discuss environmental themes and other issues of common interest. #commonwealthcanopy #buckinghampalace Tomorrow night The Queen and Sir David Attenborough discuss the @queenscanopy in a special “The Queen's Green Planet” documentary to be aired on @ITV at 9pm. #commonwealthcanopy
However, the world got to see a different Buckingham Palace over the weekend when it was transformed into a rain forest.
This dramatic change was in honor of a global conservation initiative in the Queen's name. It aims to preserve portions of forests deemed precious, for future generations.
The transformation headlines a week during which attention will be paid to conservation. It will culminate in a gathering of representatives from 53 countries at the Commonwealth Heads of Summit.
That time the palace served as a theatre
The palace is known to have served some unusual functions in the past, so becoming a temporary rain forest is not out of character.
In 1902, Edward VII contracted peritonitis just before his coronation and a room overlooking a garden was turned into an operating theatre.
We can't imagine what identity the iconic palace will take on next.