Close Friends Believe King Charles Won’t Make Buckingham Palace His Primary Office, Despite Million-dollar Renovations
We know that during Queen Elizabeth’s final years, she favored Windsor Castle over her official residence Buckingham Palace, but then again it was undergoing a ten-year renovation and, as a result, might not feel so homely.
Even though Buckingham Palace will be King Charles’ “operational headquarters”, there’s a chance he may choose not to live there, even after the renovations. 👀
King Charles Reportedly Considers Clarence House More Sustainable Than Buckingham Palace
At the moment, Buckingham Palace is midway through its ten-year £369 million reservicing project funded by the British taxpayer.
The renovations should be done by 2027, but even then, there’s rumors that the new king does not fancy living in Buckingham Palace.
Already there’s been plans to deviate from the normal standards, as the Royal Standard will fly simultaneously over Buckingham Palace and Clarence House whenever the King is in London.
Clarence House is located on the Mall, which is rather a short walk to Buckingham Palace.
Naturally, if the King, 73, and Queen Consort, 75, were to move to the 775-room palace, they would conduct affairs of state there. But those familiar with the monarch believe he will likely break from tradition and make Clarence House his official residence.
Since 1837, Buckingham Palace has served as the official residence of British monarchs.
Reports of Charles shunning Buckingham Palace in favor of Clarence House first arose in 2017, but it was quickly denied by the Palace in a statement that read: “Buckingham Palace will remain the official residence of the monarch.”
However, royal sources who know the King have said he is “very comfortable” at Clarence House, which was previously occupied by the Queen Mother. “I know he is no fan of ‘the big house’, as he calls the palace,” a source said. “He doesn’t see it as a viable future home or a house that’s fit for purpose in the modern world.
“He feels that its upkeep, both from a cost and environmental perspective, is not sustainable.”
But it seems that the King isn’t the only one who doesn’t fancy living in the big and grand Buckingham Palace – where most state receptions are hosted btw – as Queen Camilla is also not a huge fan.
Buckingham Palace Spokesman Says King Should Take Up Residence In 2027
Imagining the renovation went according to plan, the workers should be done by 2027 and Buckingham Palace will be ready to use, but most importantly, it will have been transformed into a modern palace.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “It is expected that the necessary works will be completed for Their Majesties to take up residence in 2027. In the interim period, the Palace will be fully utilised for official business wherever practicable.”
It’s also understood that William believes that the Palace is not suitable for modern family life.
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