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Buckingham Palace “must be open all year round to pay for its upkeep” | UK news

Buckingham Palace should be open all year round, like the Vatican and the White House, to pay for its upkeep, according to anti-monarchy group Republic.

This weekend, the palace welcomed its first paying visitors since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

But after construction work was paid for by taxpayers in the run-up to the platinum jubilee this year, repair costs increased, and questions were raised about who should pay the price.

Graham Smith, chief executive of anti-monarchy group Republic, said Buckingham Palace was important to the nation and should not be ignored.

But something needs to change, especially now that the Queen is spending more time in Windsor, he said.

He told Sky News. “Deputies have been saying for years that you should open the palace to tourists all year round.

“With the ticket revenue that you collect, you will be able to fund these types of repairs and restorations without going back into the treasury.

“We have hospitals and schools, police services struggling to make ends meet.

“Absurd waste of money”

“We have arguments that public sector wages are being kept low and meanwhile we’re pouring millions and millions of pounds into refurbishing this one building.

“It’s an absurd waste of money.”

Explaining how House officials have been under pressure for years to change the funding status, he added: “It was mentioned that the Vatican is open all year round, the home of the Catholic Church.

“It was mentioned that the White House is open for tourists most of the year, the home of the President of the United States.

“So at any given time Buckingham Palace should be open all year round, but it’s basically a ghost building now, people don’t live there.

“The Queen is in Windsor, Charles lives in Clarence House or Highgrove or one of his many houses and it’s basically just staff housing as far as I’m aware.

“There’s simply no excuse for leaving it unused all year, except for the occasional garden party.”

Buckingham Palace has reopened to fee-paying visitors

A popular tourist attraction

The Queen decided to open the palace to the public 30 years ago after a fire at Windsor Castle.

The idea was that income from visitors to Buckingham Palace would help pay for repairs to Windsor Castle.

The first visitors arrived the following summer, in 1993.

This year, visitors can see the platinum jubilee exhibition as well as the results of the renovation.

The renovation is financed by a sovereign grant, that is, taxpayers’ money.

In 2017, MPs controversially agreed that the grant would be increased over 10 years to provide £369 million to refurbish Buckingham Palace.

Spending was highest last year at £47.8m, up £16.2m on the previous year.

There is no doubt that every summer the opening of Buckingham Palace is a popular tourist destination, and in years when there are big royal celebrations, the interest increases even more.

Buckingham Palace reopens to Mills VT visitors

“The interest really comes from Her Majesty the Queen herself.”

Caroline de Guiteau, who curated the platinum jubilee exhibition, told Sky News: “I think these exhibitions and displays definitely increase interest, but I think the interest really comes from Her Majesty the Queen herself.

“He’s clearly a global figure and the sheer scale of the celebrations and the interest around the platinum jubilee that we celebrated just a few weeks ago, I think, shows how that really plays out.”

The exhibition charts the Queen’s reign through photographs, including those taken by renowned public photographer Dorothy Wilding.

They were used to make stamps and banknotes with images of the head of state.

There are also jewels from the Queen’s collection.

The opening of the state rooms of Buckingham Palace will continue until October 2.

Buckingham Palace “must be open all year round to pay for its upkeep” | UK news

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