Whilst millions of people enjoy the latest Netflix series depicting the early years of Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown, a new development is set to take place at Buckingham Palace.
The London home of The Queen is to undergo a major 10-year refurbishment costing a massive £369million.
Her Majesty will not move out of her Royal residence while work takes place in the 775-room palace.
Work will include replacing electrical wiring, water pipes and the heating system, which have not been updated since the 1950s.
Representatives for Buckingham Palace also said the building’s infrastructure is in urgent need of a complete overhaul to prevent long term damage.
Once completed, the building is said to be fit for purpose for the next 50 years.
The work is being funded by taxpayers through a temporary uplift in the Sovereign Grant, the lump sum given to the royal household by the treasury every year.
It is currently set at 15% of the profits from the Crown Estate but for 10 years from April 2017 will be set at 25%, giving the Royal Household extra money to carry out the renovations.
Master of The Queen’s household, Tony Johnstone-Burt, said: “Buckingham Palace is one of the most iconic buildings in the world, and this programme is designed to extend its working life by a further fifty years.”
Palace officials said they were told the repairs were necessary and that they had been advised that waiting any longer could jeopardise the iconic building and make the work even more expensive.
A statement from the Treasury said: “Parliament will hold the Royal Household to account throughout the process to ensure maximum value for taxpayers’ money.”
The refurbishment will see 30,000 metres squared of floor boards raised, 10 miles of water pipes replaced as well as 70% of cables in the building.
By phasing work over 10 years from April 2017, the 17th-century palace will be able to remain open to visitors and the monarch in residence throughout
Significant national events like the Changing Of The Guard, Trooping The Colour and garden parties will continue.
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