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Petition to make Queen pay £369million Buckingham Palace repairs edges closer to target

"The other option is that The Queen could dip into the money she receives from the Duchy of Lancaster and contribute a few million pounds". Daily Mirror journalist Kevin Maguire summed up the general mood, tweeting: "Gifting the Royals £369million to tart up Buckingham Palace when working families & disabled are being robbed is scandalous Two Nation austerity".

During this past summer's Trooping the Colour, a fly-past of aircrafts pass above Buckingham Palace, which will get major updates beginning April 2017.

The major 10-year revamp was announced last week, with officials saying the essential work was needed to avoid the risk of "catastrophic building failure" at the Queen's main residence.

Palace officials estimate that once benefits, energy efficiencies and inflation are taken into account, the actual price tag of of the work will be about 222 million pounds ($274 million).

"If the Queen and the Royal Family want to consider a contribution, I certainly wouldn´t send the cheque back", he said.

The petition Make Royals Pay for Palace Renovation was launched on the 38Degrees advocacy website earlier this week.

The refurbishment of the palace - which contains 775 rooms and 78 bathrooms - will involve repairs to cables, lead pipes, and the replacement of boilers and wiring. More than 12,000 people have signed the petition, which questions why the monarchy was getting so much additional money during a national housing crisis and period of austerity. "This is, in a word, outrageous", Johnson said.

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"Buckingham Palace is one of the most iconic buildings in the world, and this program is created to extend its working life by a further 50 years", said Tony Johnstone-Burt, master of the queen's household.

Calls for queen to pay for Buckingham Palace repairs was posted in World of TheNews International - https://www.thenews.com.pk on November 22, 2016 and was last updated on November 22, 2016.

"Now the Royals expect us to dig deeper to refurbish Buckingham Palace". When you have these old buildings, they have to be looked after.' But other MPs have queued up to denounce the decision.

Nearly half a billion may seem like a lot of money for a full-house rehab, but one has to remember that Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms, 78 bathrooms, 1,514 doors and 760 windows. The palaces are seen as vital not just as the royals' homes, but for British tourism.

Many members of the public are not so keen.

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