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Queen Elizabeth Reveals the One Annoying Thing About Opening Buckingham Palace to the Public

The British monarch shares her home with her fans, but it comes at a rug-related price.
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When you love something too much, you can destroy it. Such is the case with childhood toys, well-worn paperbacks, and apparently, Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth revealed that when she opens her residence to the public (as she does for a period of time every year), the tourists have a habit of ruining the carpets.

A newspaper snippet tweeted out by royals writer Phil Dampier gave some insight into the matter. The Queen was speaking to former Government whip Janet Anderson, when she explained how legions of tourists mess with her home.


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Tourists at Buckingham Palace

"Everyone shuffles along in a line," the monarch said, while offering a demonstration. "This means that they push all the carpet pile in one direction, so the following year we have to turn all the carpets round so they can push it back the other way." The nerve!

Of course, the Queen was likely providing a rare dose of humor, not a critique of the royal watchers clamoring to peek inside her house. After all, it's not only the general public she has to host—events like State Banquets and Investiture ceremonies require much more hands-on effort from the Queen.


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Queen Elizabeth hosts Colombia's president Juan Miguel Santos for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on November 1, 2016

Speaking of which, she has more than a few upcoming receptions to prepare for. The most high-profile event on her calendar might be the annual holiday lunch for the extended royal family in Buckingham Palace. After that, she'll be able to abscond to Sandringham for a more close-knit Christmas.

No word on the carpet situation at the Queen's northern estate just yet.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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