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Old 03-01-2015, 11:56 AM
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That's what I thought until I saw the stills taken from it - again, it looks like the man is trying to kick in the other windows. It wouldn't be the first time someone broke into Buckingham Palace, either - Michael Fagan springs to mind. If it really did happen it looks pretty far up and the man surely would have required an ambulance? (the captions are Spivey's, not mine - I cut and pasted it as a whole from his article).

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Old 03-01-2015, 11:58 AM
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It is fake. No any of the dozens of tourists outside has filmed it. No any arrest has been reported. No any guard has seen anything. No any newspaper has reported an intruder.
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:41 PM
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A Royal Welcome:

"At the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace in 2015 experience A Royal Welcome.

Find out what goes on behind the scenes to create the magic and magnificence of an official visit to the Palace. From the dresses designed to the ingredients chosen and the porcelain selected, the preparations behind State Banquets, Garden Parties and other royal occasions will be revealed.

Last year the Royal Family welcomed around 62,000 guests to Buckingham Palace, at State Visits, receptions, Garden Parties, Investitures and private audiences. This year, displays throughout the State Rooms will recreate the settings for these occasions, and will show the preparations that go into each one, whether a private audience with Her Majesty The Queen or a Garden Party for thousands.

For the first time ever, visitors to the Summer Opening will enter the State Rooms through the Grand Entrance, used by those who come to the Palace at the invitation of The Queen, including Heads of State and Prime Ministers."-
A Royal Welcome - Buckingham Palace Summer Opening 2015
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Old 03-28-2015, 08:00 AM
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No fires are allowed for domestic heating in London. Not sure about the rest.
Yet up at Clarence House you can.....maybe its just smoke coal fires that are prohibited?


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Old 03-28-2015, 08:20 AM
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Details from the Queen's Audience Room at Buckingham Palace

http://i57.tinypic.com/2v2xoig.jpg -One of the curtains in the Queen's Audience Room at Buckingham Palace. The design of the border with roses, thistles and shamrocks was enlarged from a mid-nineteenth-century ribbon by John Fowler and George Oakes.
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Queen 'may have to move out of Buckingham Palace' amid £150m revamp

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Around £150 million needs to be spent on a major revamp of Buckingham Palace, according to royal sources - and the Queen may need to move out while the work is done.

The full scale of the refurbishment project was outlined as the annual royal financial statement was released, revealing the monarchy cost the taxpayer a total of £35.7 million last year for the second year running - the equivalent of 56p per person.

The sum, known as the Sovereign Grant, will help pay for some of the works, though additional funding may be needed.
More: Queen 'may have to move out of Buckingham Palace' amid £150m revamp - ITV News
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Old 06-23-2015, 09:39 PM
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Buckingham Palace's £150m repairs could force Queen to leave | Daily Mail Online

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It has been her London home for nearly 90 years, but the Queen may have to move out of Buckingham Palace for a year under plans to carry out £150million-worth of urgent repairs.

If she leaves, it will be the first time a monarch has been forced out since Queen Victoria designated it as an official residence in 1837.

Surveyors called in to assess the royal residence say it needs a major top-to-toe overhaul after years of neglect.

They have suggested that the cheapest option would be to move out the sovereign and all her 426 staff in one go to so all the work can be done at once.
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Old 06-24-2015, 02:32 AM
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I think of they are going to do it, they may as well get it all done once and for all - it may be cheaper in the long run.
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Old 06-24-2015, 03:01 AM
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I think of they are going to do it, they may as well get it all done once and for all - it may be cheaper in the long run.
I agree, and I think it's easier to do it while the Queen is still alive, because Charles then avoids being accused of spending too much money on luxury / interior etc.
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Old 06-24-2015, 03:47 AM
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Someone posted a video on another thread of the Queen hosting a reception at Buckingham Palace (David Beckham was in attendance) and I must confess, my impression was that the interior of the rooms I saw seemed very dull and dark, a little shabby here and there and in need of redecoration/refurbishment as well as the more vital maintenance.

I do not wish to compare the palaces of individual countries as they all have their own history and design, but when I have seen receptions etc at the one in Brussels for instance, the rooms appear bright and sparkling, with polished wooden floors and chandeliers. Maybe I dislike faded red velvet too much!
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Old 06-24-2015, 06:46 AM
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I agree, and I think it's easier to do it while the Queen is still alive, because Charles then avoids being accused of spending too much money on luxury / interior etc.

That probably will happen anyways. Look at Apt 1a, the money from the sovereign grant was used to remove asbestos, fix wiring, etc -boring structural stuff but all the articles were on the interior design/2nd kitchen which was paid for with private money not public.


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Old 06-24-2015, 07:17 AM
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If the Queen has to move out,I'm wondering what would H.M. use as her London residence?



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Old 06-24-2015, 07:18 AM
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It even made italian news this morning! They were talking about the Queen and Philip moving to Windsor Castle?
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Old 06-24-2015, 07:24 AM
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I say, go ahead and repair the whole place. The royals would do fine at Windsor for a whole year. I'm thinking St. James's Palace and Windsor Castle would be mainly used during the repairs.
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Old 06-24-2015, 07:31 AM
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It may make sense and be the right time anyway for the Queen to take up more permanent residency at Windsor Castle - especially at her advanced age and since she is cutting back on official engagements. Many State Visits have started off at Windsor Castle and I believe that investitures etc have taken place there.
I can't immediately think of a suitable alternative for official and state functions in London.
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Old 06-24-2015, 07:36 AM
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The Queen would simply stay at Windsor all week instead of moving between the two homes.


If it takes longer than expected - as most of these things do - it may even mean that the monarch moves out of BP permanently and that it becomes the white elephant/museum rather than the London home. Charles, reportedly doesn't want to live their and The Queen also is reported as preferring Windsor way more so this would suit everyone - a palace open to the public year round and not used for official engagements. Could still use the balcony but the other events aren't visible so no loss there.
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Old 06-24-2015, 07:38 AM
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The Queen would simply stay at Windsor all week instead of moving between the two homes.


If it takes longer than expected - as most of these things do - it may even mean that the monarch moves out of BP permanently and that it becomes the white elephant/museum rather than the London home. Charles, reportedly doesn't want to live their and The Queen also is reported as preferring Windsor way more so this would suit everyone - a palace open to the public year round and not used for official engagements. Could still use the balcony but the other events aren't visible so no loss there.
I find myself agreeing with you on this - the Palace in Amsterdam serves very nicely as a place for people to visit and is a remarkable venue for official events.
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Old 06-24-2015, 07:43 AM
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It's a beautiful palace and I think it should remain the royal family's official working residence. I think it's no bother for St. James's Palace and Windsor to be used during the repairs of Buckingham Palace.

Museum idea is nice, but people flock to London to see Buckingham Palace and tour it because the popular British royal family still live and work there. The effect wouldn't be the same. It's a living and breathing home and that's why Buckingham Palace is so special. Just imagine if the Palace of Versailles was still a home for the French royal family, the palace would be put back on the map as France's most popular destination to visit and tour.
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Old 06-24-2015, 07:43 AM
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The queen is not only person who lives and works in BP.
More than 400 staff work and LIVE in BP also. The palace is the administrative headquarters of Head of the State.

Buckingham Palace has 188 staff bedrooms and 92 offices.
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Old 06-24-2015, 07:57 AM
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The queen is not only person who lives and works in BP.
More than 400 staff work and LIVE in BP also. The palace is the administrative headquarters of Head of the State.

Buckingham Palace has 188 staff bedrooms and 92 offices.
It's a big living and breathing palace. Buckingham Palace would never be the same if all of that just go away. A year worth of repairs are worth it and the royals returning to the palace is worth it.
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