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Why do royal statements come from St James's Palace?


Why do royal pronouncements come from St James's Palace, not Buckingham Palace?
Jim, London


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Name: Tracey, Notting Hill
Qualification: Blue Badge Guide
Answer: The court is the Court of St James, as it is the oldest royal palace. The ambassador is the Ambassador to the Court of St James. That's why, when they announce a new king, they do it from the balcony of St James's Palace.
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