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Behind-the-Scenes Video of Buckingham Palace Shows Off-Limits Places Visitors Never See

See how a royal footman must travel to deliver food for royal events.
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Buckingham Palace is getting a facelift. The Queen's residence, which was originally built in 1703, is undergoing a 10-year, $482-million renovation that was first announced in 2016. Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Prince Andrew (and their families) all have to move out of their apartments and offices there, and 10,000 works of art in the Royal Collection will also need to be moved during the renovation.

"The Palace's electrical cabling, plumbing, and heating have not been updated since the 1950s," an official statement on the Royal Family's website reads. "The building's infrastructure is in urgent need of a complete overhaul to prevent long-term damage to the building and its contents."

While the work began in 2017, a video posted on the Royal Family's YouTube account today offers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the work.

The short video demonstrates how Point Cloud 3-D architectural surveys are helping architects and designers assess assess alterations to the Palace. "In particular," another official release states, "it demonstrates how this technology is being used to help design new lifts to make the palace more accessible and more efficient."

There are nine lifts (elevators, as we call them in the United States) throughout the palace, many of which are "old, small, and impractical," and about halfway in, the video shows the roundabout route employees now need to travel to transport food from the kitchen to a room at the front of the palace. 



"So that's not a very practical route—through the principal corridor, the state rooms," the bespectacled and natty lead architect, Tony Barnard, says after tracing the current path. "In the future, we'll be using the basement route and then up through a new lift to this level."

Along with two redesigned entrances with wheelchair ramps, the new elevators will also improve access for staff and the more than half a million people who visit the palace on an annual basis.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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