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What the Public Doesn't Know Is Inside Buckingham Palace

For starters, the Queen has an ATM in her basement.
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Even though the public can visit 19 state rooms in Buckingham Palace, there are still 756 spaces that remain a mystery. While we don't want to intrude into the royal family's privacy, we're obsessed with their famous homeā€”even rooms as seemingly mundane as Prince William's study. After all, the more than 400-year-old castle is filled with history and wonder.

And what we've found out recently is that the palace is basically a tiny town, filled with a chapel, a post office, a movie theater and doctor's office equipped to perform surgeries. But that's not all. Queen Elizabeth II, the reigning United Kingdom monarch for the past 65 years, has made her own additions over the years that are downright genius.

For starters, the basement has an ATM that prints money for the royal family only. We're sure this comes in handy when the Duchess of Cambridge needs a few bills before heading out to celebrate Pippa Middleton's upcoming wedding. Though it must be odd for the Queen to print bills with her own face on it.

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Also in the basement is the Queen's private collection of work created by Venetian artist Canaletto in the 1700s, as well as thousands of other pieces she's acquired over the years. While 450 pieces are displayed for the public in the Queen's Gallery, the rest remain private for royal eyes only.

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When it comes to the palace's iconic chandeliers, a BBC documentary revealed that these mammoth light fixtures can be lowered by remote control. This makes cleaning them much easier and safer.


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And we have to give a shout out to her garden as well, which is just as magnificent. It covers 39 acres, which is the same size as 30 American football fields, and features 25 different varieties of roses. One was even created in honor of William called Royal William, appropriately.


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However, there is one unknown aspect of the palace that we bet the Queen would like to keep that way. We're talking about the spirits who reportedly haunt the palace. First, there's a monk who, rumor has it, died in a cell on the premises and sometimes haunts the terrace at night.

And then there's the ghost of Major John Gwynne, the secretary of King Edward VII, who shot himself after causing scandal for divorcing his wife. Staffers say they sometimes hear the sound of a single gunshot coming from his former office. Yikes!

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

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