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King Charles won't live in Buckingham Palace 'for 5 years' due to renovations
READ MORE: Royal chiefs to 'quietly drop' Consort from Camilla's title before Charles' coronationA source told the Sun that the primary residence will be Clarence House, where the pair have spent the majority of their time of the past two decades which sits just 400 yards away from Buckingham Palace.The couple moved into the five bed residence after the death of the Queen Mother in 2003.There schedule is likely to see the royal couple spend three nights a week at Clarence House, two at Windsor Castle and weekends at the Sandringham retreat in Norfolk.The source said: "Refurbishment is very far behind schedule but the Monarch should be living at Buckingham Palace."It's the heart of the monarchy in London, otherwise it risks becoming just a tourist attraction."We effectively have a king without a palace to live in."But that is not the only residences the royals are able to make use of.They also have residences in Highgrove House in Gloucestershire which was bought by King Charles in 1980.Since then he has made it a point of pride in having the grounds immaculately attended to in line with his green credentials.Buckingham Palace thought to be around halfway through its refurbishment, much of which involves new wiring, plumbing, and heating.The bill for the refurbishment is footed by the taxpayer via the Sovereign Grant, with a third of the cash set aside for maintenance of all the royal palaces. The maintenance was ordered after the palace was deemed a fire risk and water damage risk having been left relatively untouched since the Second World War.
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Camilla recalls awkward wardrobe blunder which made Queen laugh on wedding day
Queen Consort suffers awkward and embarrassing wardrobe blunders and Camilla knows this all too well.King Charles III's second wife and the new Queen Consort Camilla has shared a sweet memory of the late Queen.And it seems that her mother-in-law - Queen Elizbeth II - found Camilla's wedding day wardrobe blunder rather comical.READ NEXT: This Morning fans threaten to 'boycott' show over Holly and Phil's 'shameful queue jump'Speaking about her wedding day to the King, which took place in 2005, the Queen Consort recalled putting on odd shoes on the morning of her wedding - with it going unnoticed by members of the Royal Family.During a televised tribute on Sunday (September 18), Camilla recalled: "I remember coming from here, Clarence House, [to] go to Windsor the day I got married when I probably wasn't firing on all cylinders, quite nervous."And, for some unknown reason, I put on a pair of shoes and one had an inch heel and one had a two-inch heel."Camilla added: "So, I mean talk about hop-a-long and there's nothing I could do. I was halfway down in the car before I realised and you know, she - she could see and laughed about it and said, 'look I'm terribly sorry' and she did, you know, she had a good sense of humour."Elsewhere in the sweet televised tribute, Camilla spoke of Queen Elizabeth's "wonderful blue eyes" and how her gaze could be a withering if you happened to question her equestrian knowledge.The Queen Consort said: "She was able to escape to Sandringham.
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Queen Elizabeth II’s decor taste was ‘surprisingly understated’ – just look at her last photograph
brightly coloured outfit is well-documented. What is less well known is her tastes concerning the interiors of her royal residences. Partly, this is due to circumstance: having become Queen at the age of 25, she didn’t have the opportunity to set up a private home, and immediately took on the extremely costly responsibility of maintaining and restoring the royal residences, rather than putting her own stamp on them (as the King has done at Highgrove and Clarence House, with the help of the late decorator Robert Kime). When the last official photograph of Queen Elizabeth, in the drawing room at Balmoral, was taken two days before her death, it was notable that nothing in the room seemed to have changed since she was pictured there with Prince Philip in 1976, from the pale striped wallcovering, the pictures on the wall and decorative accessories such as the candelabra, to the sage green carpet and the mint green loose cover on the sofa. Indeed, the consensus among those interior designers and decorators who have knowledge of these interiors is that she preferred a light touch, a “make do and mend” approach, and a comfortable, practical environment.“She was of the generation to whom it would be anathema to have a room ‘designed’,” says the interior designer Tim Gosling, who carried out consultancy work for Buckingham Palace.
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Queen dies aged 96: How historic day unfolded as UK bid farewell to Her Majesty
Queen's death has been one of the most history day's in the history of the United Kingdom.For many, it came as a shock – and looking back at how the day unfolded, it's seldom hard to believe that it would end with her sad passing.Rumours of something big taking place started during Prime Minister Liz Truss' statement in the House of Commons around midday.READ MORE: PM Liz Truss pays tribute to Queen - days after clip of her slamming monarchy resurfacedShe was giving a speech about her plans to deal with the energy crisis when a note could be seen being passed down the opposition benches.One was them given to the PM.Just a few moments later, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer disappeared and return to the chamber wearing a black tie.At 12.32pm, Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying doctors were concerned for the Queen’s health.They said the head of state was comfortable and royal physicians had recommended she stayed under medical supervision as the future king, the Prince of Wales, and second in line to the throne, the Duke of Cambridge, cleared their diaries to dash to the Queen’s Aberdeenshire home of Balmoral.Just 13 minutes later, Clarence House said Prince Charles, now King Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall had travelled to Balmoral, and it was also confirmed that William would go, too.At 2.39pm, the wheels really started to turn – as Britain's news channels turned into rolling coverage of the scenes, and Royal Air Force flight KRF23R took off from RAF Northolt in South Ruislip, west London, with William, the Duke of York, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex on board.It landed at 3.50pm – and Prime Minister Liz Truss was told of the Queen's death at 4.30pm, according to the Prime Minister’s official