The Palace also serves as an office for the Head of State. It has seen hundreds of distinguished visitors from all over the world who visit The Monarch on state and official business. From Kings & Queens to newly appointed Ambassadors and members of the public who are recognised for their achievements nationally and internationally. Many ceremonies are held here for royal events such as garden parties, receptions and investitures.
Buckingham Palace has become famous for people to view a newly married Royal family or Her Majesty and her family for special occasions such as Trooping the Colour. It is open to the public for several months of the year whilst Her Majesty is on her summer break.
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Let us pray:
‘Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper. O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your palaces. For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “May you have peace.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek what is best for you, O Jerusalem.’ Psalm 122:6-9 NLT
Father God, thank you that there is a building where Her Majesty can live and reign, a place that people recognise as important for the nation. Its grandeur brings opposing views from the public – some view its opulence as unnecessary and costly, whilst others view it as a place where beauty is displayed. Across the variety of views about the building itself, we pray that there would a strong purpose for it and those who live and work within its walls.
Thank you for the Royal Household staff and those who keep the building a safe place for Her Majesty, Royal Family members and visitors to live and stay in. We pray for the safety and security of those who live and work in Buckingham Palace. Watch over its walls and the security of the buildings as people go in and out. Give discernment to those in charge of this area during the day and night shifts. Father, may there be great peace within its walls. Put your angels on guard to protect those within it.
‘So King Solomon ruled over all Israel. And these were his chief officials:
-Azariah son of Zadok—the priest;
-Elihoreph and Ahijah, sons of Shisha—secretaries;
-Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud—recorder
-Benaiah son of Jehoiada—commander in chief;
-Zadok and Abiathar—priests;
-Azariah son of Nathan—in charge of the district governors;
-Zabud son of Nathan—a priest and adviser to the king;
-Adoniram son of Abda—in charge of forced labour.
Solomon had twelve district governors over all Israel, who supplied provisions for the king and the royal household. Each one had to provide supplies for one month in the year.’ I Kings 4:1-7 NIV
‘Solomon had four thousand stalls for chariot horses and twelve thousand horses. The district governors, each in his month, supplied provisions for King Solomon and all who came to the king’s table. They saw to it that nothing was lacking. They also brought to the proper place their quotas of barley and straw for the chariot horses and the other horses.’ 1 Kings 4:26-27 NIV
Father, it’s so interesting that King Solomon had workers that were named in 1 Kings 4 -Secretaries, historian, advisors, administrator, someone in-charge of HR type work, a priest, commanders, and those who sourced food for visitors, and even the horses. How remarkable that this is recorded! Although we don’t know the names of all the Royal Household staff of Buckingham Palace, we know you do, and that is enough as we pray today. So we pray that each job and role that is needed in the Palace would be effective for the working of Buckingham Palace. We pray particularly for the Senior staff and advisors to Her Majesty, that you would endow them with wisdom from your hand.
In Jesus’ name we ask,