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Buckingham Palace Ghosts
This, the Queen’s London residence, was built in 1703 for John Sheffield, the first Duke of
Buckingham. George III was the first monarch to own it.
Long before, a priory stood on the site on what was then an inhospitable site surrounded by
marshland. Some say that it is the ghost of a monk who died in the monastery’s punishment
cell that haunts Buckingham Palace. He always appears on Christmas Day on the terrace
over the gardens to the rear of the building. He is bound in heavy chains and dressed in
brown and he clanks and moans back and forth for a bit before fading
away, not to be seen again until the next Christmas.
The palace has another, more contemporary ghost from the reign of Edward VII.
Major John Gwynne, the King’s private secretary, became divorced. No big deal to us, but
back then that meant he was shunned by polite society. In absolute dejection, he retired
one night to his first-floor office with a revolver and shot himself in the head.
Since that day, staff working in the vicinity have occasionally heard a gun firing in the
room where the suicide occurred.