Vintage Cigarettes Were Just Found in the Buckingham Palace Floorboards
A trio of vintage cigarette packets were recently "unearthed" at Buckingham Palace, the royal family revealed on Twitter today.
Also unearthed was a trio of vintage cigarettes packets. pic.twitter.com/2VuHaUGfdD— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) January 19, 2018
The cigarettes were found because the Westminster residence, which has been the official home of the royal family since 1837 (Queen Victoria was the first monarch to live there), is currently undergoing renovations. In 2016, the British government announced that Buckingham Palace's 775 rooms would get a 10-year overhaul that included replacing electrical wiring, water pipes, and the heating system in order to further improve visitor access and public events.
The royals' Twitter account said Friday that the palace's construction has allowed for many peculiar items to resurface. "The building work uncovered pieces of history hidden beneath the floorboards at Buckingham Palace including this clipping from the Evening Standard newspaper, published in 1889," the account said.
Find out more about the rewiring of the Palace here: https://t.co/vbPWJXxjBQ— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) January 19, 2018
The cigarette boxes discovered include a pack of Picadilly Number One, Player's Navy Cut, and Wild Woodbine cigarettes. A website for cigarette collectors states that Picadilly Number One boxes were originally manufactured in Carreras Cigarette Factory in Arcadia Works, London, and currently sell for about $10 a box. Player's Navy Cut cigarettes were manufactured in Nottingham, England, and the brand reportedly became popular in the late 19th century. Wild Woodbine cigarettes were introduced in 1888 and is considered to be one of the most famous cigarette brands in the U.K.
Smoking in Buckingham Palace has been prohibited since 2007, when it was banned in public buildings throughout England, CNBC reported. That plus the vintage packaging indicates that these cigarettes have been buried a long time.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.