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Old 10-04-2009, 12:47 AM
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Prince Edward, Michael, and Richard alll have their homes in Kensington Palace
I am assuming that by these Princes you mean the Duke of Gloucester (Richard), Duke of Kent (Edward) and Prince Michael of Kent.

It is appropriate to give them their titles in order to distinguish them e.g. there are two Princes Edward in the RF - one is The Prince Edward The Earl of Wessex and the other is HRH The Duke of Kent.

It is very rare to refer to the Duke of Gloucester or Duke of Kent as Prince anything as their titles are used to identify them.
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:15 AM
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You're welcome :)! Glad you enjoyed watching it. I personally find the setting majestic and authentic at the same time. The Queen fits perfectly in her environment. I really wouldn't picture her conducting state banquets otherwise.
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:51 AM
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buckingham palace isn't really that huge but it looks bigger on t.v. though. it pales into comparison with the spanish royal palace.
Buckingham Palace is pretty large for a Palace. Every building looks bigger on the telly, even the Spanish royal palaces.
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:22 AM
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Buckingham Palace if approximately 77,000 square meters whereas the Royal Palace in Madrid is approximately 135,000 square meters and contains over 2800 rooms! One could easily get lost in there.
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Buckingham Palace if approximately 77,000 square meters whereas the Royal Palace in Madrid is approximately 135,000 square meters and contains over 2800 rooms! One could easily get lost in there.
Sure, but Buckingham Palace is largely occupied by offices and state rooms. It has often been reported that the private quarters are not particularly grand or big.
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:43 AM
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Buckingham Palace in need of proper maintenance...

Near miss at crumbling Buckingham Palace | Mail Online

"Fresh concerns about the parlous state of Buckingham Palace have emerged two years after Princess Anne's car was narrowly missed by a piece of falling masonry. Last week another chunk of stonework fell from the facade - this time almost striking a patrolling policeman. The incident is bound to reignite the row between the royals and Government over the cost of meeting vitally needed repairs to the fabric of the Palace..."
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Would the Queen personally or the Government pay for these restoration costs, or both?
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Old 12-23-2009, 10:32 AM
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Would the Queen personally or the Government pay for these restoration costs, or both?
Both I assume. Like when Windsor Castle was damaged by fire in 1992.
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Old 12-23-2009, 05:08 PM
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The building it the property of the state so most of the costs should be paid for by the state but they are saying they don't have the money.

I suspect that in time the royal family will simply not be able to live there as it continues to crumble and becomes condemned due to lack of maintenance.
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Are the politicians who are denying state funds to repair the palace some of those who, if i recall correctly, were dipping into state funds to pay for all sorts of personal expenses for themselves?
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Are the politicians who are denying state funds to repair the palace some of those who, if i recall correctly, were dipping into state funds to pay for all sorts of personal expenses for themselves?
More than likely.
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In the US our White House is protected as a National Landmark, and of course the National Trust, and the National Register of Historic Structures has laws which "protect" these buildings from signifigant deterioration. (funds are set aside in advance for the continued and regular maintenence of these buildings) This takes "politics" out of the mix. IMO, it is a crime to allow further damage to continue to Buckingham Palace, history demands its preservation, and protection, no matter who lives in it, or who's in parliment at the moment.
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I believe it is the Government's responsibility to maintain Buckingham Palace and all of its state rooms, as well as offices which assist the Queen. I don't believe she should have to pay for any of the restoration or maintenance, unless it is to personalize her own living quarters and perhaps the apartments of the other royals who live there. However, in a recession, it is very difficult to obtain funding for maintaining landmarks when so many are jobless and going without.
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Many people in this country think the opposite.
They never see Buckingham Palace, they don't live their why should they pay for it to be mainted.
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Old 12-24-2009, 06:14 PM
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Many people in this country think the opposite.
They never see Buckingham Palace, they don't live their why should they pay for it to be mainted.

They don't live in No 10 either but do they object to paying for its maintenance (which they do of course)?

They should pay for it to be maintained because they own it with the Queen as a tenant.

If the repairs and maintence aren't carried out by the owners then it will become unliveable and unusable and in about another 20 years will need to be condemned and pulled down for safety.

It is already dangerous with bit of masonry falling off - luckily no one has been killed but that will happen if maintenance isn't done and as the building is the government's responsibility, like many other government buildings the government will need to pay for it or be prepared to have it unusable - imagine the law suit if someone died from falling masonry.
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I believe it is the Government's responsibility to maintain Buckingham Palace and all of its state rooms, as well as offices which assist the Queen. I don't believe she should have to pay for any of the restoration or maintenance, unless it is to personalize her own living quarters and perhaps the apartments of the other royals who live there. However, in a recession, it is very difficult to obtain funding for maintaining landmarks when so many are jobless and going without.
Quite right. It is indeed the responsibility of the government to pay for the upkeep of BP. It is not the personal property of HM, so I cannot imagine why she should pay for its structural repairs.
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Indeed, asking the Queen to pay for maintenance, restoration and upkeep would be like giving the President a bill for living in the White House.
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And according to Sarah's description of BP in her book, while she lived there with PA before and in the early days of their marriage, it wasn't very comfortable.
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And according to Sarah's description of BP in her book, while she lived there with PA before and in the early days of their marriage, it wasn't very comfortable.
What were her complaints about Buckingham Palace?
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What were her complaints about Buckingham Palace?
It has generally be acknowledged that BP is actually quite a cold and draughty building, and the living quarters can be quite cramped
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