Buckingham Palace is undergoing renovations ahead of the Trooping the Colour Festival, set for June. Each year, members of the Royal family assemble on the Palace’s balcony to watch the airshow.
Shown here is the Principal Corridor, home to the Centre Room, which leads onto the historic balcony – used by the Royal Family on national occasions.
As confirmed by the palace, around 3 000 pieces of the Royal Collection were removed from the Yellow Drawing Room, the Chinese Drawing Room and the Centre Room.
These included about 200 paintings, 100 mirrors, 40 chandeliers and 30 clocks. Some of the artwork hanging in the corridors were moved to other rooms within the Palace.
This is to ensure that the pipework and electrical lines can be replaced throughout the East Wing. The wiring and pipes in the palace date back to the 1940s.
In addition, the asbestos discovered in the west attic will be removed. The boilers are being replaced by a new energy centre – anticipated to make carbon emission savings of 300 tonnes per year.
The project was confirmed in 2018, and at the time, Harper’s Bazaar reported the renovations were set to cost around $490m, or nearly R7 billion.
The renovation project has to be complete by July, when the Queen hosts a special exhibition during the Summer Opening of the State Room to chart how Queen Victoria transformed the royal residence.
Queen Victoria moved into Buckingham Palace in 1837 at the age of 18, just three weeks after being crowned as the ruling monarch. Most of the rooms were undecorated and unfurnished. She restored the Palace to its former glory.
Her need for more space in Buckingham Palace for accommodation and entertaining led to the development of a new wing, including the central balcony on the new main façade.
Watch: Work being carried out at Buckingham Palace