(RoyalPatriot.com )- Earlier this year, Prince Charles said that he would like the Royal Residences to be transformed from “private spaces to public spaces.” To that end, Charles envisions turning Buckingham Palace, that has been home to the Royal Family since the time of Queen Victoria, into a museum.
And apparently, his mother, Queen Elizabeth II isn’t particularly thrilled with the idea.
In fact, Charles has long said that once he becomes King, there would be some major shake-ups within the Royal Family – which may be one of the reasons the Queen is holding on so long and depriving him of his moment on the throne.
In addition to opening the royal private homes to the public, Charles also wants to streamline the monarchy down to just seven senior working royals.
But according to one royal expert, his plans won’t be happening anytime soon so long as the Queen remains on the throne.
As it is, since 1993, members of the public have been permitted to visit parts of the palace from April to September every year. But Charles isn’t satisfied with six months. He wants to fling open the doors to every royal residence all year round.
For the Queen, while the palace may be a fancy place the public is eager to visit, it remains the family home, so she isn’t keen on the idea of allowing year-round visitors.
Queen Victoria was the first British monarch to take up residence at Buckingham Palace in 1837. Queen Elizabeth II moved into the palace in 1936 after the coronation of her father King George VI.
Buckingham Palace is currently undergoing a restoration that began in 2016 and is expected to be completed by 2027. The palace’s last renovation was during the Second World War. During the Blitz, the Palace suffered nine direct hits from German bombings.
Currently the Queen divides her time between Windsor Castle, which she considers her main London home, and two to four days a week at Buckingham Palace.
The palace remains the working royal residence, housing among its 775 rooms the Queens offices. It also contains 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, and 78 bathrooms.