Her Majesty will vacate her private rooms at Buckingham Palace in 2025 as part of a 10-year refit of the building to prevent a catastrophic disaster.
It could lead to events such as fire or flood, a senior royal official revealed.
The palace is undergoing a 369 million pound re-servicing programme to replace ageing and dangerous electrical wiring and boilers. It started in April last year and is due to be completed in 2027.
What about the Queen’s rooms?
Towards the end of the work, Her Majesty and Prince Philip will have to move out of their apartments in the palace’s north wing for about two years when work starts there in 2025.
A senior official told The Royal UK:-
“Her Majesty is immensely pragmatic and she wants to stay in the palace. She said ‘let me know where you would like me to go’”.
The work so far.
So far, 3,000 metres of old cabling has been removed from the palace. Work is now underway to empty the famous East Wing. It is the public facade of the building.
Some 3,000 artworks and other items such as beds, clocks and chandeliers from the royal collection, housed in 200 rooms in the wing will be moved out over six months to allow the work to begin.
Tim Knox, Director of the Royal Collection said:-
“Some of these items would go on public display at other palaces. While the others won’t”.
The Buckingham Palace was built in 1703 as a large private home. It was only acquired by the reigning monarch, King George III, in the year 1761.
The East Wing was part of an extension built in the reign of Queen Victoria. The front facade was refaced in 1914 in harder-wearing Portland stone when George V, Elizabeth’s grandfather was on the throne.