Buckingham Palace is a mess! Requires $450M renovation

Buckingham Palace (image credit: David Iliff via Wikimedia)
Buckingham Palace (image credit: David Iliff via Wikimedia)

Underneath all of its glitz and glamour, Buckingham Palace is a damn mess.

Or at least, we assume it is, what with today’s announcement that the famous Royal residence is in need of some serious renovations. But these aren’t just any old renovations, these are renovations fit for a Queen, that are set to cost £370 million ($457 million).

According to The Guardian, the work, which will reportedly take 10 years to complete, will see 100 miles of electrical cabling, 5,000 light fittings, 2,500 radiators and 20 miles of skirting board replaced, some for the first time in 60 years.

The Queen, whose officials have long complained about the state of the building, will get to remain in the palace.

Tony Johnstone-Burt, master of the Queen’s household, told The Guardian, “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 50 years. On completion of the work, we’ll have a palace fit for purpose until 2067.”

Perhaps the Royals should consider installing the newest luxury amenity — a bathroom with a view. [Guardian]