Affairs, Design

The Queen and Buckingham Palace

After the birth and christening of Princess Charlotte and the forthcoming second birthday of Prince George (22nd July), Buckingham Palace could have a few quiet months.

BBC News has announced that the Royal Palace is in need of strong maintenance work regarding the actual structure and safety of the building.

…the palace needs new plumbing and wiring, with some rooms last decorated in 1952… Source

Some are laughing and others are worrying about the future of the property.

Queen Elizabeth II and most occupants of the iconic landmark will certainly have to relocate. But this shouldn’t be such an issue. It won’t certainly be at the nearby Travelodge or Premier Inn?!

The British Royal Family has various properties to stay safe and sheltered for the length of this heavy refurbishment.

At least there is no asbestos anymore since the end of last year. A big relief when we know that such material can be lethal.

At now 89, The Queen could do without this extra worry. But sometimes things need to be done and no choice is really given.

The estimated amount of this gigantic work could reach £150m. Indeed this is a lot of money but also a true commercial property investment to keep the business running smoothly. There are thousand of visitors each year, so it is essential to have a solid and not dangerous structure above your head (More facts HERE).

To deal with such building site and manage the undergoing work The Crown Estate will certainly be involved.

It all sounds slightly scary when reading what spokesmen are saying, as this is without a doubt a rather hefty architectural project.

According to a previous article published in the Express, Buckingham Palace last major restoration took place in… 1913! (read full article HERE).

So, there is no way back or hesitation to have, especially when seeing a few images and hearing some reports. Windsor Castle being not that far, it shouldn’t become a nightmare neither for The Queen and her family nor for the members of staff. Overall a good alternative base, avoiding a lot of stress and hassle when moving out (temporarily) from the royal mansion.

London Buckingham Palace with scaffolding

London Buckingham Palace with scaffolding

After all, is it such a disgrace to accept or show the general public and media the truth behind the close doors?

It is obvious that running an estate like this is expensive. Consequently, general maintenance and plumbing, as an example, can be a long task which can end up being longer than expected and with a substantial cost too.

Nevertheless, this shouldn’t be seen as an obstacle but more as a positive step forward to keep this London tourist attraction in good shape.


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