Seems Prince Charles , though he longs to be King, is in no hurry to move into Buckingham Palace when it’s his time to do so.
Apparently, it’s a dump.
If so, it certainly puts on a good face, er façade.
The place wasn’t always the home front for the British Royal Family, heck, it hasn’t even always been a palace at all.
It was originally the love child of the Duke of Buckingham. He built it as a townhouse and called it Buckingham House.
King George III – the one who lost the colonies – bought the place in 1761 for £21,000 for his wife and Queen, Charlotte. He of course made it even more grand by adding several new wings and an inner courtyard.
After his death, his extravagant, overbearing, spoiled son and heir, George IV went decorator crazy and gilded the place!
Queen Victoria, the current monarch’s great great grandmother was the first monarch to take UP residence in the place full time and even she didn’t really want to!
The façade of Buckingham Palace we have come to know as the face of the Monarchy wasn’t even there until Victoria’s husband Albert designed it in 1847.
Queen Elizabeth II resides there as her official residence, and occupies a nine room apartment in the place. She pays for her own furnishing and the rest of the place is a 775 room museum which according to Charles is falling down, unsafe, and rat infested.
The staffers at the palace had been bucking the government for years for cash to fix the place. Finally after a chunk of the roof line fell and nearly killed the Princess Royal, Parliament caved and coughed UP the equivalent of $500 million over the next ten years to refurbish the place.
Over the next decade, workers will replace 100 miles of electrical wiring, 30 miles of water pipes, 6,500 electrical outlets, 5,000 light fixtures, 2,500 radiators and 500 pieces of “sanitary ware.”
Some of the wiring is 60 years old and most of the plumbing pre-dates World WarII!
But, even with all this, Charles and his wife, Camillia, Duchess of Cornwall (she’s really the Princess of Wales, but no one has the nerve to say it) have no desire to move in.
Of course when there actually is a King Charles III, his official residence will be Buckingham Palace. It’s unlikely he’ll spend much time there as he’ll inherit his mother’s private residences of Sandringham, Balmoral, and the Crown Estate of Windsor.
But to the world, Buckingham Palace is the residence of the British Monarch, dump or no dump!
Buck UP Charlie, life could be worse!