An incredible Buckingham Palace sandcastle has appeared on West Wittering beach.

The detailed sculpture is three feet wide and contains more than three kilos of sand.

Nine-year-old Levi Babin was the first child to test the sandcastle bucket, which was commissioned by easyJet holidays to celebrate the King’s coronation.

The prototype mould is the world’s first Buckingham Palace sandcastle bucket and easyJet has plans to produce more if there is demand.

The Argus: Levi Babin is part of a world firstLevi Babin is part of a world first (Image: easyJet Holidays)

Originally known as Buckingham House, today's palace was once a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 before it was acquired by King George III in 1761 as a private residence for Queen Charlotte. 

During the 19th century it was enlarged by architects John Nash and Edward Blore, who constructed three wings around a central courtyard.  


The sandcastle bucket, which was modelled around the original palace design, contains 760 windows and four gates.

The finished sandscape scene includes figurines of King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla in front of the palace.  

Saturday's coronation ceremon is the first to be held in over 70 years.

The Argus: The mini replica of Buckingham Palace is part of a world firstThe mini replica of Buckingham Palace is part of a world first (Image: easyJet Holidays)

But easyJet data has revealed that not everyone will be using the day to throw street parties or wave Union Jack flags from their windows.

Instead, many Brits plan to take advantage of the double bank holiday and have planned a trip abroad, with many booking holidays at a favourite destination of the Royal Family such as Malta or Corfu.  

However more than half have planned their trips around destinations and resorts that will be screening the coronation, with a third reserving tables at local bars to ensure they secure a prime view of the event on a big plasma screen. 

Garry Wilson, chief executive of easyJet Holidays, said: “We wanted to create our very own tribute to King Charles III by immortalising his official London residence Buckingham Palace out of sand.   

 “We are thrilled that little Levi was given the opportunity to test our new prototype sandcastle bucket on West Wittering beach and we can’t wait to see how our customers who will be on holiday this weekend embrace the festivities around the coronation.”