Buckingham Palace set for $458 million refurbishment
by Alanna Petroff and Sebastian Shukla @CNNMoney
November 18, 2016: 11:41 AM ET
The home of Queen Elizabeth II --
Buckingham Palace -- is about to get a major refurbishment.
The U.K. government has announced plans to spend
£369 million ($458 million) to
replace wiring and pipes on the property that are more than 60
years old. The overall design and exterior of the 775-room
palace will remain the same.
"The project seeks to prevent a serious risk of fire, flood and
damage to both the building and the priceless Royal Collection
of art belonging to the nation," the U.K. Treasury said.
The 10-year refurb is also expected to help improve visitor
The palace attracts millions of tourists each year. It has been
the official London residence of the U.K.'s sovereigns since
The most critical construction work will start in April 2017.
A spokesperson at Buckingham Palace said the Queen will continue
to reside in the building throughout the process.
Buckingham Palace in London is an official residence of Queen
Officials that oversee the royal family's annual funds have said
the work is critical. They are recommending that annual
government grants to the royal family be hiked by 67% over the
next 10 years to pay for the work.
The royals currently get about £40 million ($50 million) per
year for costs related to travel, property maintenance and
official duties. Businesses and real estate owned by the royals
generate hundreds of millions of pounds each year, most of which
ends up in government coffers.
Queen Elizabeth II is expected to remain in Buckingham Palace
during the building work.
Parliament must still approve the project. That's expected to
happen by March 2017.
Lawmakers might be sympathetic about the need for a royal refurb
because their own landmark home -- the Palace of Westminster --
is also suffering from decay. The complex includes parliamentary
buildings and the Big Ben clock tower.
A parliamentary committee recently recommended that the entire
complex get a renovation, which would cost at least
£3.5 billion ($4.3 billion). They
warned about asbestos in the buildings, extensive stonework
decay and plumbing problems.
The committee said parliament "must act now" so that the
restoration work can begin early next decade.
-- Simon Cullen contributed reporting.
First published November 18, 2016: 7:47 AM ET
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for a total of 43 such Luxury Cruise Ships with a
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But her Royal Luxury Highness wants all that money on her Beibi Dolly House
Palace of IMPRESIVE, EXTREME LUXURY. Are the
British People that well economically to afford such
Lavish Spending from the Royal Institution?
Setting aside the Lavish Spending, the Queen Elizabeth 2 is the Head of the
I have a different Point of View to the following which is part of the
Fight the fear, put people first, pope tells grass-roots
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
11.5.2016 2:55 PM ET
VATICAN CITY (CNS) --
When the search for profits outweighs all other considerations
in society, money becomes a god who terrorizes humanity
-- excluding the majority of people and causing those still well
off to build walls to cower behind, Pope Francis said.
"The entire social doctrine of the church
and the magisterium of my predecessors rebel against money as an
idol that reigns instead of serves, tyrannizing and terrorizing
humanity," the pope said.
Like all forms of terrorism, the terrorism of an economy focused
only on making money relies on people's fear for effectiveness,
Pope Francis said Nov. 5 during a meeting at the Vatican with
participants in the third World Meeting of Popular Movements, a
collection of grassroots organizations of the poor, the
underemployed, indigenous communities and farmworkers.
"When this terror, which is sown in the peripheries with
massacres, pillaging, oppression and injustice, explodes in the
centers with various forms of violence -- including odious and
vile attacks -- the citizens who still have some rights are
tempted by the false security of physical or social walls," he
said. "Walls that enclose some and exile others."
Frightened citizens building walls on one side and frightened
and excluded people on the other -- "is this the life that God
our father wants for his children?" the pope asked.
Wherever there is fear, he said, there is someone who will
increase and manipulate it. "Because fear, besides being good
business for merchants of weapons and death, weakens and
destabilizes us, destroying our psychological and spiritual
defenses, anesthetizing us to the suffering of others and, in
the end, making us cruel."
Pope Francis said mercy is the "best antidote" to fear. It works
better than anti-depression medicine and is "much more effective
than walls, iron bars, alarms and weapons. And it is free."
Mercy and courage also are needed to respond to the huge wave of
refugees, migrants and displaced people all over the globe, he
"No one should be forced to flee his or her homeland," he said.
"But the evil is doubled when, facing terrible circumstances,
the migrant is thrown into the clutches of human traffickers to
cross the border. And it is tripled if, arriving in the land
where he or she hoped to find a better future, one is despised,
exploited or even enslaved."
Pope Francis urged members of the popular movements to lobby
their governments to be more welcoming of migrants and to
improve programs to ensure their integration into their host
The political activism of the groups, he
said, is important for ensuring true democracy and not simply an
where politicians address poverty without ever listening to or
responding to the poor.
In democracies, he said, people who "seek the common good can
defeat, with the help of God, the false prophets who exploit
fear and desperation, who sell magic
formulas of hatred and cruelty or selfish well-being and
When getting involved in politics, though, the pope said,
members of the movement must guard against corruption.
All people are called to be honest, he said, but politicians and
public servants have an even greater obligation. "The
standard is very high: one must live the vocation of service
with a strong sense of austerity and humility. This
applies to politicians, but also for social leaders and for us
Pope Francis said politics is not the place for "anyone who is
too attached to material things or
to the mirror, those who love money,
refined clothes, luxury cars."
They don't belong in the seminary, either, he said.
Seeking power or money "sullies the noble
cause" of politics as service, the pope said.
"Fight the fear with a life of service, solidarity and humility
on behalf of the people, especially those who suffer," he said.
"Against the terror, the best remedy is love. Love heals all."
Saying that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
"always chose fraternal love, even in the
midst of the worst persecution and humiliation," Pope
Francis quoted from one of the sermons of the civil rights
"Hate for hate only intensifies the existence of hate and evil
in the universe. If I hit you and you hit me and I hit you back
and you hit me back and go on, you see, that goes on ad
infinitum. It just never ends. Somewhere somebody must have a
little sense, and that's the strong person.
The strong person is the person who can
cut off the chain of hate, the chain of evil."
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Pink Floyd - Wish You Were
to Queen Victoria
- Wish You Were Here
So, so you think you can tell
Heaven from Hell,
Blue sky's from pain.
Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?
And did they get you to trade
Your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees?
Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change?
And did you exchange
A walk on part in the war
For a lead role in a cage?
How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We're just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl,
Year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
And how we found
The same old fears.
Wish you were here.