Rewiring Buckingham Palace – discovered interesting items beneath floorboards

Rewiring Buckingham Palace

Rewiring Buckingham Palace – not renovated since after the second world war.

This short video shows the work in process to remove ageing and potentially dangerous electrical cabling from Buckingham Palace.

So far, some 2km of Vulcanised Indian Rubber (VIR) cabling replaced.  This is equivalent to the length of 40 Olympic sized swimming pools. Installed in the late 1940s, VIR becomes brittle with age and poses a fire risk.

As set out in the Royal Trustees’ Report of November 2016, elements of the Palace’s plumbing, electrical cabling and heating have not been updated since shortly after the Second World War. These services are now in urgent need of a complete overhaul.  This to prevent long-term damage to the building and its contents.

Electricians working on a £369m rewiring project discovered a discarded scrap of newspaper from November 7 1889 – days before the first jukebox was unveiled.

The updates will ensure Buckingham Palace is fit for purpose for the next 50 years.  They will also reduce the building’s carbon footprint by 40% over time. An excellent decision after all these years


But don’t miss the discarded items found during the work.  Old cigarette packets and clippings from Evening Standard discovered under the floor. They had date 27 November 1889.  Fascinating.

Believed that the items discarded by courtiers to Queen Victoria. All items kept and likely to go on display.  The Queen does not smoke.  But her sister Princess Margaret did.

The Royal family is expected to feel more comfortable once the work is done.  But they will have to wait.

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