Queen Elizabeth may have to pack her bags (or have someone do it for her) in the very near future. While some of us normal folks have to worry about finding a new place to live when our lease is up, the same is true of her royal highness, 92, but her apparent move has nothing to do with a lease. According to The Sun, the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, will be moving out of Buckingham Palace in 2025, all thanks to renovations that need to take place inside the historic home. The building is currently receiving quite the update that will cost about $468 million and last ten years. And because of that, at age 99, the Queen will have to say adios to her longtime residence.
A royal source stated, “The Queen is immensely pragmatic and she wants to stay in the palace. She said, ‘Let me know where you would like me to go.’ The Duke of Edinburgh was very involved in the 1992 restoration of Windsor Castle. He is keen for us to follow a phased approach in the re-servicing project [at Buckingham Palace], and said, ‘You will learn from your mistakes.'” The update at the palace is all about replacing old lead pipes, cables, boilers, and wiring, so it clearly has everything to do with safety.
The palace, which was originally built in 1703, has 52 bedrooms, so let’s just say it will be one heck of a moving team that eventually makes their way inside to pack everything up. And if you’re worried you won’t be able to visit the palace during construction, no need to, as it will remain fully open for visits and other royal events during those ten years.
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