Ever dreamed of exploring Buckingham Palace, sitting down for a meal at Windsor Castle or enjoying a picnic in the grounds at Sandringham?
You could soon be in luck, with reports Prince Charles plans to open up the royal palaces to give the public greater access when he becomes king.
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The Prince of Wales is planning to “transform the royal residences from private spaces to public places”, according to The Sunday Times.
Under the future king’s plan, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Balmoral, Sandringham and Clarence House will all be open more widely for longer periods of the year.
Charles has reportedly been chatting with wife Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and other members of his family about increasing public access to the palaces while retaining them as homes.
“The prince wants to bring people in to connect with the institution,” a royal source said.
“He recognises it needs to keep evolving, and in the modern era people want to be able to access their palaces. He embraces that and sees them as public places more than private spaces.”
Currently, Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms are only open to the public for a number a months a year while the Queen is away at Balmoral.
Royal fans can also visit the grounds and some rooms at Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace, for a fee.
But Charles reportedly wants to swing the iconic buildings’ gates open year-round and to allow visitors to see more of the famous palaces.
The Queen is said to be aware of Charles’ plans.