It looks like the now 92-year-old British monarch is going to look for another home in the next few years, as exactly in 2025 she will reportedly have to vacate the North Wing of the 300-year-old Buckingham Palace, along with the Duke of Edinburgh, and move elsewhere. And no, the reason is not that someone is forcing them to do so, but more likely something will.
The palace is expected to undergo a bit of refurbishment, worth about $468 million, to replace ageing cables, wires and boilers, multiple media reported earlier. During that time the royal premises will, however, remain open to the public, while it is not immediately clear if the Queen will leave the palace altogether or just move to another wing. Whatever the case, the 52 bedrooms at the royal family’s disposal seem to be sufficiently enough to house them whatever circumstances, don’t they? This fact, as well as the Queen's appearance near the supercostly piano from the Victorian era during her annual Christmas address, notably caused a backlash among the public.
Queen reminds us that poor people are having it tough as she sits in a room with a gold piano pic.twitter.com/GecohDQ8Zi— Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) 25 декабря 2018 г.
The Queen talking about self sacrifice in front of a massive golden piano there pic.twitter.com/pHUQ0zTkeE— James Felton (@JimMFelton) 25 декабря 2018 г.
There were, however, those, who stood up in defense of Her Majesty:
look personally I love the Queen’s gold piano, is she supposed to stage a fake room for her Christmas address with IKEA furniture in it? she’s the Queen— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole_Cliffe) 26 декабря 2018 г.
The Queen is apparently being duly polite about the forthcoming plans, but a bit reserved about the whole issue, as it was revealed earlier to The Mirror:
"The Queen is immensely pragmatic and she wants to stay in the palace. She said, 'Let me know where you would like me to go’”, the source noted to the edition.
"The Duke of Edinburgh was very involved in the 1992 restoration of Windsor Castle. He is keen for us to follow a phased approach in the re-servicing project [at Buckingham Palace], and said, 'You will learn from your mistakes’”, the source continued.
Reports on another royal relocation have recently made headlines, as it emerged the newly-minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex are presumably moving away from Kensington, where they have been living side by side with Prince William’s family for this past year, reportedly to avoid the limelight and happily give birth to their first child. The reports effectively underpinned multiple rumours currently circulating in tabloids and social media of a royal drift among the “Fab Four.”