The Grand Staircase at Buckingham Palace State Ball by Eugene-Louis Lami in 1848. Queen Victoria (1819-1901) was the 1st royal resident of Buckingham Palace after the restoration by architects John Nash & Edward Blore. It became the official royal palace of the British monarch on her accession in 1837. She moved quickly to make it suit her needs & personality. She wished visitors to know that once they were coming up the Grand Staircase they were indeed inside a royal palace.