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Old 11-08-2017, 06:39 PM
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When it comes to the public areas of BP I believe that HM and Charles are both of a mind to keep it as living history and many items of furniture and the art collection cycle through as ongoing work keeps these treasures in good repair. Silks fade, time and use cause wear, etc. Nothing can stay exactly the same because of that but essentially everything stays within the realm of the way things were.

The private areas of BP will definitely be furnished in a way that is both comfortable for the resident and make use of what art and furniture are available, regardless of who the monarch is. Clarence House and KP Apartment 1A were both in need of a complete renovation as Clarence House had not been updated since HMQM moved in and Apartment 1A hadn't been updated since Princess Margaret set up house there after her marriage in the sixties. I think the amount of work needed in 1A gave them a much-needed wakeup call to ensure that even offices and storage areas need continual upkeep and repair as does any house or office.
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I hope the opportunity will be taken [pursuant to the necessary 'essential works'] to restore the State and semi-state Rooms to something closer to the architects original intentions. Over the generations they have been gradually 'watered down' from the colour-saturated magnificence originally envisioned. They were never intended to be 'lived in' but to provide a stimulating backdrop to official ceremonies and entertainments and as a fitting setting for the astonishing artworks collected by the BRF over the centuries. Now they are sadly faded, and a bit shabby.

The Private apartments are something altogether different, as personal spaces they should be comfortable, 'livable' and as suited to the tastes and needs of their occupants as possible. I have no doubt the Prince of Wales will ensure they are.
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:16 PM
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Just had a thought. How lucky that Prince Charles didn't go the way of the socialite and instead created the job description for the POW. Add that to his passion for restoration (Highgrove, Dumfries, his house in Transylvania, etc.) and you have someone in a position to say "no, that's not right" and know what he is talking about.

His ethos on restoration is posted on the webpage for his Transylvanian rental:
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Our philosophy of restoring heritage architecture is characterised by utmost respect for the textures and atmospheres of ancient buildings. All the rooms have been lovingly restored and furnished with authentic antiques and textiles from Transylvania. The way we restore derelict houses is barely noticeable, rather would it seem that the buildings have aged gently and gradually without recent intervention. The property is not to be seen as a 'shabby chic' styled holiday resort, it is genuine in its harmony and guests feel like staying in a centuries-old private home.
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:31 AM
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I’m thinking the high cost of renovations for BP is due to the fact that things will be done on the same level as the Crimson Drawing room and St George’s Hall at Windsor after the fire, and that was no doubt a complete success and a showing of excellent British craftsmanship.
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the same level as the Crimson Drawing room
This example is 'well chosen' being in the same style as, [and essentially] being by the same 'team' [Morell and Seddon] that did the interiors at Buckingham Palace for George IV.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:07 AM
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It cost a lot of money because the palace is a large building. The stuff they are doing updating the wiring, heating, roof that all cost a lot of money. Plus since it’s a historical grade building. That drives up the cost. Look how many windows are at BP. Replacing them with more energy efficient window is a huge task. The Palace hasn’t had a major rehab since after the War.
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:44 AM
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I’m thinking the high cost of renovations for BP is due to the fact that things will be done on the same level as the Crimson Drawing room and St George’s Hall at Windsor after the fire, and that was no doubt a complete success and a showing of excellent British craftsmanship.
It was always communicated that Buckingham Palace has to undergo essential refurbishment. "The refurbishment will renew the palace’s very outdated boilers, 100 miles of electrical cable, some of it 60 years old, and 20 miles of lead and cast iron pipework."

That does not sound as a complete refurbishment, renovation and redecoration as is currently done in The Hague, but I hope the interiors will be renewed too. When I was in BP three years ago, it really looked worn out when you zoomed in on details. (Stained doorknobs, faded gilt, damaged carpets, cracks in textiles like curtains and furniture. A moist smell downstairs and visible cracks on ceiling and stairs ornaments).
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:37 PM
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I’m thinking the high cost of renovations for BP is due to the fact that things will be done on the same level as the Crimson Drawing room and St George’s Hall at Windsor after the fire, and that was no doubt a complete success and a showing of excellent British craftsmanship.
The excellent Windsor Castle work came in on time and under budget, I recall reading. That's almost unheard of!
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Interesting -Royal Navy sailors to perform Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace for the first time



Royal Navy sailors to perform Changing the*Guard*at Buckingham Palace for the first time*
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Old 11-26-2017, 03:14 PM
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Here's a video of The Royal Navy changes Buckingham Palace Guard for first time.

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Old 11-26-2017, 03:23 PM
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I'm sure this is a momentous day for the Royal Navy. Those that participated had to have had some really puffed out chests from being so proud to be part of history.

The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace would definitely be among the top 10 things I'd want to see and do if I ever got the chance to visit London. I don't think there's an American that isn't aware of this traditional display of pomp and circumstance that has become a mainstay of the British monarchy. To illustrate this, for those of you outside of the US, this is a humorous take on this very old and very traditional event.

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Thank you so very much for the video, I watched it 2 times and somehow must find a way to keep it here in my library. This is so amazing and the Navy must be very proud to have this opportunity to be on guard for HM. Just wish I could of been there to see it.
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Easy way to do that sis. Copy the link when viewing it on YouTube and then mail it to yourself in your email.

To view it on YouTube, just hit the square thing at the bottom of the video that begins to play in the thread. That's how I do it.
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Gads, not being of the scientific mind you want me to do what???????

I also think HM must be very proud of the Navy guarding Buckingham Palace for didn't Charles join the Navy, correct me if I am wrong Okay! I am one that is so pro military for if not for them then so many countries would be over run with the dreads of the middle ages.
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Gads, not being of the scientific mind you want me to do what???????

I also think HM must be very proud of the Navy guarding Buckingham Palace for didn't Charles join the Navy, correct me if I am wrong Okay! I am one that is so pro military for if not for them then so many countries would be over run with the dreads of the middle ages.
The royal family indeed has a great history with the navy, the queen can be proud of. Philip served in the royal navy in WWII and they were stationed in Malta early in their marriage. Charles indeed served in the navy. After training and passing out with the RAF, he did his training with the navy and served. He was a trained naval helicopter pilot. Andrew of course spent his military career in the navy, he joined in 1978 and didn't retire until 2001 (23 years).

Its great to see the navy getting the chance to guard the queen

Great watching the video and seeing the honor given to the navy.
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Former Buckingham Palace butler reveals life behind the scenes and the moment he met the Queen


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First look at Buckingham Palace Christmas Decorations

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Here's a video of the Buckingham Palace Christmas Tree's!

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The Band of the Coldstream Guards play Christmas Carols during Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

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This video shows some of the recent Rewiring work at Buckingham Palace

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