What it’s really like to live at Buckingham Palace
From unexpected pleasures to hidden asbestos, it's not all luxury in the Queen's residence
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Buckingham Palace, built in 1703 and designated a royal residence in 1761, is now well-known as the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, but it's also an official state building. The famed royal grounds operate in both private and public spheres, containing both rooms designated for official purposes—the ones which we see—and private areas and apartments, which stay guarded from public view.
With its 829,000 square feet and 775 rooms (including 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms, and 188 staff bedrooms), the palace certainly has space for all the royals to live, but it's not as enticing as it might seem. While there are some definite perks to living in the palace, there are also a surprising number of challenges and inconveniences.
Click through to find out what life at Buckingham Palace is really like.
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