I think this is the best view there is of Buckingham Palace. I took this picture partly because the early light was brilliant, and parly because the St James Park Lake, which has been drained for a clean up, has now been refilled, thus restoring the reflection of the Palace.
Buckingham Palace was bought from the Duke of Buckingham by King George III; on the accession of King George IV the Palace was considerably extended by John Nash, who also landscaped St James Park, which is in essentially the same state today. Nash's overspending on the project caused a scandal, and the work was completed by Bloor. The Palace wing that we see today was added in the reign of Queen Victoria, it was however much criticised and it was re-fashioned in the reign of King Edward VII, at which point it was given the facade that we know today. The Palace forecourt and memorial statue to Queen Victoria were constructed at the same time.
This view is available up until 11:00 AM (Summer Time), following which the Sun moves off the Palace facade and it is cast into shadow. This photo was taken around 08:00 AM on my way to work.
See my set of photos of Buckingham Palace on