Buckingham Palace is perhaps one major part of world history and British history, and will remain even after the Queen actually dies. But, how much do people actually know about the palace? Let’s dig deeper.
It was announced that the palace would undergo a massive 10 year rennovation costing British tax-payers hundreds of millions of pounds. It was reported by The Daily News earlier this year that the rennovations would fix much needed components of the castle and its wiring most of which hasn’t been done in about 60 or so years. The 828,000 foot palace has more than 700 rooms an more bathrooms than we could imagine someone actually enjoying having to clean.
The Queen will remain in residnce (until her death) while the rennovations are underway. With the Queen already being 90, most are gathering that it would be almost unheard of for the reigning monarch to survive another 10 years on the throne.
How big is Buckingham Palace?
The enormous historical residence of The Queen spans more than 828,000 sq feet featuring more than 700 rooms (more bathrooms than we can count). Also on property are 40 acres of accured gardens; flowers, and plants. Furthermore a parking garage (okay, or so what we think was supposed to be a parking garage) a dining hall; a maids area, a restricted area (tsk tsk!), a swimming pool, a doctors surgical area/room, and many more rooms that we really can’t type here because we’re not allowed to.
The massive castle has long been open to the public but not all of the castle has actually been seen by the public.
Who actually owns Buckingham Palace?
Surprisingly, some Britons got this wrong when we surveyed them on the streets of London. Most quipped that Queen Elizabeth owns the Palace “obviously” said one young Briton when stopped by one of our reporters. Although, that’s technically farthest from reality.
In actuality, Queen Elizabeth “in a sense” owns Buckingham Palace. The Palace among most of the other “estates” owned by the Queen are actually controlled and governed by the Crown Estate. The Crown Estate being “the establishment”. The Crown Estate controls most of Britain including parks; forests, the castles, the Palace, and numerous other monuments and buildings. They are the largest holders of any single portfolio of properties in the country.