Buckingham Palace to become luxury hotel?

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24th Oct 2011
Buckingham Palace to become luxury hotel?

Audacious plans by Prince Charles to move his court to Windsor Castle when he becomes king could see Buckingham Palace turned into a hotel, according to a new book from respected journalist Andrew Marr.

According to the book - The Diamond Queen: Elizabeth II and Her People – the Prince of Wales is considering uprooting the Royal family from Buckingham Palace in a bid to assert his authority.

Marr, a BBC broadcaster and author, claims the palace could be remodelled as a historic hotel and events centre.

In an extract released ahead of publication Marr writes: “One of the more dramatic ideas that has been discussed is for the royal family in his reign to leave Buckingham Palace entirely, leaving it as a kind of grand official government hotel and centre for events.

“The king would base himself not in London but at Windsor Castle.”

A spokesman for Clarence House denied there were any plans for a move away from Buckingham Palace earlier.

Prince Charles became the longest serving heir to the throne in April this year.

Buckingham Place is already a major tourist attraction in London and could see its profile rocket further should guests be welcomed to stay the night.

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