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Buckingham Palace Repairs May Give Queen Elizabeth the Boot

By    |   Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 12:17 PM

Much-needed renovations at Buckingham Palace may force Queen Elizabeth II to temporarily move out of the residence which hasn't been substantially redecorated since she took the throne in 1952.

Officials say the palace needs an estimated $237 million of renovation and upgrades, including replacing old plumbing and wiring and removing asbestos, reported The Associated Press. Having her move out during the work is one option being considered.

 


The queen has several other residences but spends about a third of her time in the London palace, which was first used by her ancestor Queen Victoria. It is the site of summer garden parties and scores of ceremonial events each year.

Keeper of the Privy Purse Alan Reid said maintenance on aging royal buildings, "and in particular Buckingham Palace, will present a significant financial challenge" in the next few years.

Annual accounts published Wednesday showed that the monarchy costs taxpayers 35.7 million pounds in the year to March 31, the equivalent of 56 pence per person. That was unchanged from the year before.

Almost half the money, 18.7 million pounds, was spent on payroll costs, while property maintenance cost 11.7 million pounds and 5.1 million pounds was spent on official travel. The most expensive trip was an eight-day visit to Colombia and Mexico by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, which cost almost 450,000 pounds.

The queen, who turned 89 in April, has cut back on her public duties but still undertook 196 public engagements during the year. She's in Berlin on Wednesday, along with Prince Philip, at the start of a three-day state visit to Germany.

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