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1) Despite the extensive development that has changed London’s prewar skyline almost beyond recognition, the best of its administrative, commercial and domestic building architecture is more historical than modern.

2) St.James’s Palace was the sovereign’s London residence until supplanted by Buckingham Palace.

3) Across the river from the Houses of Parliament there are the new buildings of St. Thomas’s Hospital, and beyond the hospital, is the irregular shape of Lambeth Palace, the official London residence of the Archbishops of Canterbury for over 750 years with an important library containing even ancient manuscripts.

4) The Palace’s art collection includes masterpieces by Titian, Holbein, Van Dyck and others.

5) Madame Tussaud’s is the world famous waxworks established here about 1833 when some of its first exhibits included death masks of victims of the French Revolution.

6) Here the visitor may wander through pages of history and mingle with the famous and infamous.

7) Next door, under a green copper dome, there is The Planetarium, where the wonders of the heavens are displayed by means of a projector, accompanied by an interesting commentary.

8 ) Buckingham Palace, the building known to all as the Queen’s official London home, is a mixture of the old and the new.

9) On her succession to the throne in 1837, Queen Victoria made it her permanent home and she was the first monarch to do so.

10) She instituted the custom by which the Royal Standard is flown from the flagstaff to show that the sovereign is in residence.

#1. (…) Which construction style is considered to be the best ornament of London?

#2. (…) Where can the visitor see the magnificent buildings housing the London residence of top church officials?

#3. (…) What is the modern official royal residence in London like?

#4. (…) What tradition as regards the Union Jack was initiated by Queen Victoria?

#5. (…) How is the former Royal London residence called?

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