What Will Happen to Buckingham Palace When Queen Elizabeth Dies?

Buckingham Palace as we know it will no longer exist once Queen Elizabeth dies. Not only will Britain’s longest-reigning monarch no longer live there, but the future monarch — Prince Charles — plans to bring forth a lot of change to the monarch’s official residence and royal family headquarters. What will happen to Buckingham Palace when Prince Charles ascends the throne? Find out what His Royal Highness has in mind, ahead.

Will Prince Charles move to Buckingham Palace upon ascension?

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Unlike those before him, Prince Charles doesn’t plan on moving to Buckingham Palace once he ascends the throne and becomes King of England. The reason could have something to do with the current renovation plans. Upgrades to the monarch’s headquarters won’t begin until mid-2020 and won’t be liveable until late-2020.

However, even without the decade-long Buckingham Palace renovation, Prince Charles has never planned on moving back to Buckingham Palace (he grew up there!) once he becomes king. In fact, the future monarch is not exactly fond of the centuries-old royal abode. “I know he is no fan of ‘the big house,’ as he called the palace,” a source close to the royal family dished to Hello! Magazine.

So, why doesn’t Prince Charles want a Buckingham Palace address? According to the source, “he doesn’t see it as a viable future home or a house that’s fit for purpose in the modern world. He feels its upkeep, both from a cost and environmental perspective, is not sustainable.”

What will become of Buckingham Palace?

Queen Elizabeth could very well be the last monarch to live at the royal family’s headquarters. After all, Prince William allegedly agrees with his father and likely won’t move into Buckingham Palace when he ascends the throne either. So, what will happen when Her Majesty passes? Find out what Prince Charles has planned for Buckingham Palace, below.


Buckingham Palace’s decade-long renovation could go well into the mid to late-2020s, which mean the queen could be around 100-years-old (or older) when it’s all said and done. Should she pass before her 100th birthday, Prince Charles will ensure that the palace upgrades continue on.

Open to the public

Right now, Buckingham Palace is open to the public between July and October. However, Prince Charles plans on leaving palace gates open a little longer. Since the future monarch won’t live there, he feels that he can still conduct business with public visitors. The prince allegedly wants to extend the time frame and might even offer up more rooms (after all, he has over 700 to choose from) for public viewing.

A memorial exhibit

Prince Charles plans on honoring his mother and her historical reign in a big way. Once Queen Elizabeth passes, he wants to curate a memorial exhibit in her honor so that guests can learn more about Queen Elizabeth’s life’s work as Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

Business as usual

While Prince Charles will most likely stay at Clarence House, he still plans on conducting business from Buckingham Palace. That means things like State Dinners and knightings would still take place at the royal family’s headquarters.

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