Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of the British monarch since the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837. Yet this may not be the case when the Prince of Wales takes to the throne.
Prince Charles is keen to give up Buckingham Palace as the main royal residence when he becomes king, sources have told The Sunday Times.
The prince is said to be "very comfortable" at Clarence House, his current London home, and according to the newspaper, he believes the palace is "too large and costly for modern family life" and is "not sustainable" from an environmental point of view.
"I know he is no fan of 'the big house', as he calls the palace," said a source. "He doesn't see it as a viable future home or a house that's fit for purpose in the modern world. He feels its upkeep, both from a cost and environmental perspective, is not sustainable."
Prince William is said to agree with his father that the 775-room palace is too big and too expensive to run. The sources added that Charles would rather use it as a royal office while making it more accessible to the public.
The palace is currently open to visitors from late July until October while the Queen takes her summer break at Balmoral, but it might become a museum and open for longer periods in the future. "It makes perfect sense commercially to offset the costs of running such a big place by extending availability to the ticket-buying public," a source added.
No changes to the running of the palace are expected to take place while the Queen is alive. A Clarence House spokesman told the newspaper: "Buckingham Palace will remain the official London residence of the monarch."
Although it's not yet clear where Charles, who also lives at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, when he is king, it's likely he will still use the
Buckingham Palace is currently undergoing a 10-year refurbishment costing an estimated £369 million, the Royal Household confirmed last year. The Queen will remain in residence at her official London home throughout the refit, which involves repair work that is urgently needed to ensure the safety of the royal family.
From: Country Living UK
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