Royals could vacate crumbling Buckingham Palace for £150m overhaul

Asbestos, plumbing and wiring issues mean the palace is due for a service

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A giant project. Actually just Legoland. Photo by Mikael Buck/Rex_Shutterstock

The Queen may be forced to temporarily vacate her official London residence, Buckingham Palace, as essential maintenance works need to be carried out.

According to the BBC, the palace requires extensive works including new plumbing, wiring, and redecoration, as it was last spruced up in 1952, 63 years ago.

In addition, cracks have begun to spread across exterior walls, and significant amounts of asbestos still need to be removed.

Sir Alan Reid, keeper of the Privy Purse, said: “Over the coming years, the maintenance of the estate and in particular Buckingham Palace, will present a significant financial challenge.

“We will continue to work closely with the trustees to ensure that the funding for the royal household reflects that challenge.”

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