Holyrood Palace

Holyrood Palace was built between 1671 and 1678 and it is the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. The palace was originally founded in 1128 as an Augustinian monastery. The name of the palace comes from either a legendary vision of the cross witnessed by David I or from a relic of the True Cross known as the Holy Rood or Black Rood which belonged to David's mother, Queen Margaret. Many monarchs lived in the palace and each added to it. James IV cleared the ground around the Abbey and built a Palace for himself and his bride, Margaret Tudor in 1501. James V added a massive tower between 1528 and 1532. When James VI became King of England in 1603, he moved to London and the palace was no longer the seat of a permanent royal court. King George IV became the first reigning monarch since Charles I to visit Holyrood in 1822.
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