HISTORIAN AND PRESENTER Andrew Marr said Prince Charles is considering making Windsor Castle his home once he is king and turning Buckingham Palace into a ‘‘government hotel and centre for events”.
The revelation is in Marr’s new book, called The Diamond Queen, which is published this week.
The Daily Mail reported that the plans to turn Windsor Castle into the future king’s headquarters was revealed around his 50th birthday in 1998. But it is claimed that Prince Charles avoided discussing the issue further in fear of appearing bad mannered by speaking of his plans after his mother’s death.
If the plans do go ahead, what will this mean for the iconic building that has served the country’s sovereigns since 1837? Will it degrade its prevailing stature that is well-known across the world? And how does Her Majesty the Queen feel about it?
The sensationalist tabloid describes the differences between the eminent son and his mother, such as, ‘the Queen prints her menus in French, while the Prince uses English. And whereas she is always pursued by her Red Boxes containing official papers, his are green.’
Also, whilst the only alcohol to be found at the Queen’s garden parties is in the Balmoral whisky cake, Prince Charles now offers his guests a trendy glass of Pimms.
If Buckingham Palace is transformed into a hotel, it would be reasonable to expect a residence that is one of its kind with service fit for a king (or queen).
– Monica Sarkar
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