Palaces & BuildingsThe Queen

Buckingham Palace to undergo a 10-year £369 million refurbishment

It has just been announced by the Treasury that Buckingham Place will undergo a 10-year refurbishment costing the UK taxpayer £369m. The work, which will begin next April, will be the largest refurbishment Buckingham Palace has been subject to in recent time. The Queen will remain in residence during the work – but will have to move bedrooms. The work id being carried out because of aging…
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Palaces & BuildingsPrince Charles and Camilla

Painting owned by Prince Charles will be highlight of Portrait of the Artist

Conservators working on one of Prince Charles’ pictures at Highgrove have come across a truly remarkable self-portrait. One of the still-life pictures, which has been at Highgrove for around a quarter of a century is called “A Vanitas” by the seventeenth century Dutch painter Pieter Gerritsz van Roestraten. Part of the picture is a suspended glass ball. When this was cleaned recently it was…
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Palaces & Buildings

Royal property manager guilty of taking bribes

Ronald Harper, a former deputy property manager for the British Royal household has been found guilty of corruption. Harper was convicted of conspiracy to make corrupt payments over building work contracts at Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace. In his duties, he had an annual budget of 2.3 million pounds of which he could authorise orders up to £30,000. The Southwark Crown Court came to the…
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Buckingham Palace Has Gone to the Ducks

After a fashion, in any event. We’ve been seeing people marking Her Majesty’s Official Birthday up and down the country and across the Commonwealth, from parades, to speeches, to garden parties held even in typically rainy weather. However one local resident of Bristol has decided to mark the occasion in his own fashion, and has thus dedicated the past six months to crafting a new…
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