As part of Prince Charles’s vision for a slimmed-down monarchy, he plans to open up Buckingham Palace as a year-round museum
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The Queen is said to be against Prince Charles’s vision to transform Buckingham Palace into a year-round museum.
Charles, as first in line to the throne, has long planned for a major shake up of the Royal Family once he becomes king.
Among his ambitious ideas is a streamlined monarchy of just seven senior working royals and the opening of royal private spaces to members of the public.
But, a royal expert says his vision for the Westminster palace will “not be happening any time soon” while Her Majesty is on the throne.
Since its first visitors in 1993 the palace has welcomed members of the public every year between April and September.
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Prince Charles’s would open the palace and several other royal residences all year round.
Royal commentator Neil Sean says the Queen is not keen on the prince’s plans and wants the palace to remain a “family home of sorts” for the royals.
The royal expert told Express the change “will not be happening anytime soon, particularly while we still have our gracious Majesty the Queen with us”.
“She’s not very keen on that particular idea and believes of course, that it should remain a family home of sorts,” he said.
“Her Majesty the Queen will go between Windsor Castle, which she considers her main London base, and spending two to four days a week also out at the re-renovated Buckingham Palace.
“So for now, whatever you’re reading, it doesn’t look like Prince Charles is going to be getting his own way anytime soon.”
Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to use the palace as her home in 1837 – with all other rulers following suit in the years since.
The palace is currently used as a working royal residence, housing the Queen’s offices among its 775 rooms.
There are also 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms.
Members of the public can currently visit the majestic state rooms, the gardens, the priceless fine art hanging from the corridors, and Her Majesty’s throne room.
Queen Elizabeth II moved into the palace following her father George VI’s coronation in 1936.
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With her late husband Prince Philip, she raised four children there – Prince Charles, Princess Royal Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.
The palace’s last renovation was during the Second World War, but in 2016 a £369million restoration of the palace was approved which is expected to be finished in 2027.
To modernise the residence and make it safe for the future, workmen will carry out extensive electric, plumbing, and central heating work, and even install new floorboards.
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Workmen will also put up a new roof topped with solar panels, the Express reports.
The Queen and her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh did not stay there during the pandemic, opting instead to hunker down at Windsor Castle with a small group of staff dubbed “HMS Bubble”.
But, with Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee less than a year away, it is expected she will spend more time at the Westminster residence.
During the Jubilee celebrations in June 2022, which will celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service, the Royal Family are expected to give the world a wave from the balcony as the army marches out the Trooping the Colour.
Many of the Royals have chosen other residences rather than Buckingham Palace.
Prince Charles and Camilla have made their home at Clarence House, down the road on the Mall in Westminster.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are raising their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace.
The Crown Estate also owns Balmoral Castle, Sandringham, and Holyroodhouse Palace, which are regularly used by the Royal Family.
According to a Sunday Times report earlier this year, Charles would have these residences transformed from “private spaces to public places”.