PRINCE CHARLES will move into Buckingham Palace when he becomes King, it has been reported, with Prince William and Kate Middleton potentially taking over Windsor Castle. But what is it like inside Buckingham Palace? In recent years there has been speculation the official London residence of the monarch will become a ‘working hub’ for the Royal Family. They reportedly wanted no members of the Royal Family to live there, but rather open it up to the public as a visitor attraction.
But Prince Charles is reportedly “firmly of the view that it’s the visible symbol of the monarchy in the nation’s capital and therefore must be his home”, a source told the Daily Mail. They continued: “There is no question about it. HRH’s view is that you need a monarch at monarchy HQ. This has never been in doubt.”
But what is it like inside the grand royal residence? Buckingham Palace is one of the most iconic buildings in the world, first used as the official London residence for British monarchs by Queen Victoria in 1837. It is also a working building, hosting almost 100,000 guests and attracting more than 15 million tourists every year.
The 775-room building is undergoing a £369million, taxpayer-funded refurbishment. Its electrical cabling, plumbing and heating have not been updated since the 1950s, while almost every room is in need of a complete overhaul to prevent long-term damage to the building and its contents.
All members of the Royal Family, including the Queen, have moved out while the colossal project is underway. It is due to be completed in 2027.It has been repeatedly reported that Charles has decided not to relocate to the Palace when it is ready to be lived in again and he accedes to the throne.
But sources told the Mail this is “categorically untrue”. They added: “The Prince of Wales will not move into Buckingham Palace before he is King. “But when he is, he absolutely will. Just like the Queen, it will effectively be in the ‘flat above the shop’. “
Charles, 73, and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, currently live in Clarence House, the former London residence of the Queen Mother. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh also lived there in the early years of their marriage.
It is likely to be turned into a work or entertaining hub, with perhaps one of the Cambridge children living there in the future. William and Kate will keep their domestic and work base at Kensington Palace. They have lived there in Apartment 1A since 2017.
The couple also have Anmer Hall on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, given to them by the Queen. Sources said they believed the couple will ultimately inherit Windsor Castle. It is likely Anmer Hall will revert to the Queen or her heir, who would rent it out.