Queen Elizabeth Reveals Sneak Peek of Buckingham Palace's Renovations

The Queen of England revealed a sneak peek of Buckingham Palace's renovations via the Royal Family's Instagram page, on Monday, February 17, 2020.  

The royal residence is currently receiving an upgrade in its decor and is also undergoing a restructuring process called "reservicing." Bazaar reports that the Palace's renovations cost about $490 million.

Queen Elizabeth II attends QICPO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on October 19, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II attends QICPO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on October 19, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

While different angles of the Yellow Drawing Room are displayed extensively, the 19th Century historical wallpaper in the room has been taken out for conservation and will be restored after the renovation is completed. 

The chamber once used by Queen Victoria for royal balls, is now to be utilized for official functions and meetings. The Instagram post explained that:

"The reservicing program is necessary to lessen fire and flood risks." 

The Palace, originally built in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham, had experienced several makeovers over the centuries.

The house became the official residence of England's Monarchy, with Queen Victoria being the first sovereign to rule after its completion in 1897.

The current palace refurbishment was announced in 2018 for the first time, during the royal celebration of "Trooping the Colour." The revamp is presumed to take at least ten years and could affect the annual festivities.

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🟡 Watch as historic nineteenth-century wallpaper from the Yellow Drawing Room is carefully taken away for conservation. Not only will this work restore the rare, fragile wallpaper, but it will simultaneously protect it from incurring damage from nearby construction work as part of the Reservicing programme. Once the works are complete, the restored wallpaper will return to its home in the Yellow Drawing Room. The Reservicing programme is vital in order to mitigate the risk of fire and flood and will ensure that old wiring is brought in line with current health and safety standards. The refurbishment will also improve visitor access and make the Palace more energy efficient. Designed by Edward Blore in the 1840s, the East Wing of Buckingham Palace was built for Queen Victoria to provide more entertaining and living space for her expanding family. Blore’s design included the famous central balcony on the front façade of the Palace, which was incorporated at Prince Albert’s suggestion. Since then it has been used on many national occasions, including annually at Trooping the Colour.

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Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne on February 6, 1952, and decided to celebrate her accession anniversary earlier this month, away from prying eyes. She went to the royal residence in Sandringham for a winter break.

The Queen returned to her Palace in Westminster last Tuesday and six days later, the Royal Family posted the restructuring of her Palace on social media. 

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Merry Christmas! This year The Queen's Speech was filmed in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. It will be broadcast on Christmas Day at 3pm GMT. This year also marked the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and in The Queen's Christmas Speech Her Majesty will reflect on the commemorations. "For the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of that decisive battle, in a true spirit of reconciliation, those who had formerly been sworn enemies came together in friendly commemorations either side of the Channel, putting past differences behind them. . "By being willing to put past differences behind us and move forward together, we honour the freedom and democracy once won for us at so great a cost.” Watch The Queen's Christmas broadcast on TV, radio and online here tomorrow at 3pm GMT.

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In 2019, History Extra shared some essential details about the luxurious house, when President Donald Trump paid a royal visit there. 

Buckingham Palace has a total of 775 rooms, including 52 royal bedrooms and guest rooms, 19 staterooms, and 78 restrooms. The splendid mansion also has a music room that has graced many royal naming ceremonies. 

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‘Keeping Norfolk’s feet dry’ is how staff at Wolferton’s Pumping Station describe their work. Today, The Queen opened a newly rebuilt facility 72 years after her father, King George VI, opened the original station on 2nd February 1948. The Station sits within the Sandringham Estate, home to Sandringham House – the private residence of The Queen and the Royal Family. King George VI opened the pumping station shortly after WWII, to enable the surrounding marshland, which sits below sea level, to be drained, dried out and farmed. Her Majesty toured the new station, which has been rebuilt over the past 18 months to create a more environmentally friendly facility to better protect its local wildlife, including nesting birds on the neighbouring marshes.

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The Original Tour disclosed some other facts about Queen Elizabeth II's London residence. The ballroom is notable for being the first room to have electricity in the world. The Palace rests in the center of London, and it spreads over 39 acres. 

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