A Sneak Peek at Buckingham Palace’s $ 500 Million Renovation | Lifestyles
Visitors have not been allowed into any royal residences for over a year, leaving a £ 9.4million ($ 13million) hole in the palace’s finances, royal statements recently also revealed published. To put it in perspective, that’s half of what pre-pandemic palace tourism earned for the Queen’s coffers, which was £ 20.2million ($ 28million) between 2019 and 2020.
But the upside is that the renovation was able to continue unhindered and they are now ahead of schedule. We take you for a walk …
Photos: A Sneak Peek at Buckingham Palace’s $ 500 Million Renovation
The grand entrance, where visitors are usually greeted when they arrive from the front, is currently used to receive building materials.
From the grand entrance you go up the grand staircase to the state apartments. Let’s just say they’re not ready for us yet. This is a 10 year major work program for the aging historic house.
Up the stairs you enter the Photo Gallery, where key pieces from the Queen’s priceless art collection usually hang. Scaffolding is in the spotlight these days as it replaces the roof. A close-up of the roof of the photo gallery shows just how vulnerable he had become.
Off the photo gallery is the central room, where the floor was lifted. Much of the renovations throughout the palace will ultimately be invisible to tourists as it involves the replacement of the electricity and plumbing that were installed in the 1950s. The redesign was approved by the government in 2017 for s’ ensure it was fit for purpose for years to come and to mitigate the risk of fire or water damage.