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The Queen won’t move out of Buckingham Palace during 10-year refurbishments, but she will swap bedrooms

The Queen will have to temporarily swap bedrooms for the next ten years, once the refurbishments at Buckingham Palace get underway in April.
Officials have confirmed that Her Majesty will not vacate or move out of the Palace whilst the works are ongoing. As a result, the refurbishments will take ten years to complete so to cause as little disruption as possible to the people who will be working in the palace.
It was announced by the Treasury on Friday morning that Buckingham Place will undergo a 10-year refurbishment costing the UK taxpayer £369m.
Members of the Royal Family, including The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales are “completely supportive” of the renovations according to officials.

The works are being carried out because of ageing cables, lead pipes, wiring and boilers that are of a substantial risk of starting a fire owing to their age. The government, nor indeed anybody, wants a repeat of the 1992 fire that gutted Windsor Castle.

The Master of the Queen’s Household, Tony Johnstone-Burt, said that the refurbishment work has taken into account the best value for money.

He said: “We take the responsibility that comes with receiving these public funds extremely seriously indeed; equally, we are convinced that by making this investment in Buckingham Palace now we can avert a much more costly and potentially catastrophic building failure in the years to come.”

Despite the hefty costs, it is thought once he refurbishments are completed, much more money will be generated into the British economy. This would be through longer summer opening hours, more private tours and savings from maintenance work the palace currently has to spend.

A statement from the Palace said: “The estimated capital cost of £369m will be funded by a temporary uplift in the Sovereign Grant , from 15% to 25% of Crown Estate net income, as recommended by the Royal Trustees in their Review of the Sovereign Grant, published today.

“This figure will be reduced to £222m once benefits, efficiencies and inflation adjustments are taken into account.”

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