Buckingham Palace Unearths Centuries-Old Treasures In Household Repair Work

Undertaking repair work on a normal household is a headache already, imagine taking on the Buckingham Palace! But luckily, a place steeped in history is bound to uncover some quirky treasures beneath its floorboards.

Workers who started on the nearly £370 million repairs to Buckingham Palace pulled up some fascinating surprises after pulling up the floorboards to the room where Queen Elizabeth II receives her guests: a more than 100 year old newspaper clipping, and some discarded cigarette packs dating back to Victorian-era England.

According to the Daily Mail, the newspaper clipping from the Evening Standard was dated November 7, 1889 – days before the first jukebox was unveiled, and discussed the merits of a collection of letters from the Earl of Chesterfield.

The cigarette packs were also some popular brands from the 19th and 20th century: Player’s Navy Cut, Woodbine, and Piccadilly.  

“It is believed that the items were discarded by courtiers to Queen Victoria,” wrote the Daily Mail.

Well, whoever they were, they certainly couldn’t wait to keep their trash in their pockets before finding a bin to throw it in.

The Royal Family Twitter account posted several videos and photos of the items uncovered during the £369million project which began in April 2017.

The refurbishing of the Royal Palace came after safety experts deemed that some of the old wirings and pipes, which haven’t been changed since the last time the palace was repaired in the 50s, was a potential fire and water damage hazard the longer it was being used.
The renovation project will see ten miles of water pipes, 6,500 plug sockets, 500 pieces of sanitary ware (toilet, basins and the like) and 20 miles of skirting board across 775 rooms, 1,514 doors and 760 windows of the palace replaced, added the Daily Mail report.
The report added that costs will total £369million and will be shouldered by taxpayers through the Sovereign Grant, the “annual fee paid by the Government to the monarch which in 2016 came to £42million.”
The work, which began in April last year, is due to be completed in 2027.
Video footage released by Royal Family account showed workers in the initial steps of replacing the wires:

The refurbishment of the palace is seen to alleviate even more expensive costs that fire breakouts or water damage can cause, as well as making the palace amenities fit for habitation and other state functions for the next five decades, said Buckingham Palace program director Barbara Welch in the videos in the videos.
It is estimated that the benefits of the upgrade, including longer summer opening hours, more private tours, and savings due to the improvements, could be around £3.4 million each year.

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