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Queen “doesn’t like Charles’ plan to turn Buckingham Palace into a museum”

Parts of Buckingham Palace are only open to the public between April and September (Photo: Getty Images / PA)

The queen is not amused by pretensions Prince Charles wants to turn Buckingham Palace into a museum, sources say.

The Prince of Wales has said he plans a reshuffle and thinning of the monarchy when he takes the throne.

He is believed to want to reduce the cabinet to seven royals and open up the institution’s private spaces to the public.

The next in line to the throne would like to turn Buckingham Palace into a year-round museum.

But royal commentator Neil Sean said the Queen was strongly against making the residence a permanent attraction.

He told the Express: “It won’t happen any time soon, especially as long as we still have our gracious Majesty The Queen with us.

AYR, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales known as the Duke of Rothesay when in Scotland, visits Main Street Alloway on September 9, 2021 in Ayr, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

Prince Charles is said to be planning a weight loss for the royal family when he becomes king (Photo: Getty Images)

“She’s not very keen on this particular idea and of course thinks it should remain some kind of family home.

“Her Majesty The Queen will go between Windsor Castle, which she considers her main London base, and will spend two to four days a week at the renovated Buckingham Palace as well.”

Since 1993, the Westminster Residence has only welcomed visitors between April and September.

The public can see the palace’s ceremonial rooms, gardens, fine art collections in the hallways and the Queen’s Throne Room.

SALISBURY, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II chats with staff during a visit to the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down Science Park on October 15, 2020 near Salisbury, England.  The Queen and The Duke of Cambridge visited the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) where they were to see displays of weapons and tactics used in counterintelligence, a demonstration of a medical explosives investigation -lawful and meet with personnel involved in the Salisbury Novichok incident.  Her Majesty and His Royal Highness also officially inaugurated the new Energy Analysis Center.  (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
The Queen is not keen on opening the palace year round, said royal expert Neil Sean (Photo: Getty Images)

The Queen and her late husband Prince Philip stayed at Windsor Castle during the pandemic with a small group of employees dubbed ‘HMS Bubble’.

But as the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee approaches next year – marking 70 years on the throne – she is expected to spend more time at Buckingham Palace.

During the celebrations, the royals are expected to greet supporters from the balcony as the military marches for the Color Parade, and there will also be a concert on Saturday evening.

Other members of the cabinet have chosen not to live at Buckingham Palace. Prince Charles and Camilla live in Clarence House, Westminster, while Prince William and Kate Middleton live in Kensington Palace.

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