Petition for UK Royals to pay for palace repairs

15,000 people have so far signed

Almost 15,000 people have signed a petition calling for the British royal family to pay for the £369 million repairs to Buckingham Palace.

On Friday, it was announced that the royal residence is to undergo a major 10-year refurbishment.

The hefty bill will come from a 66 per cent increase in the Sovereign Grant – the funding for the monarchy’s official duties – for the 10-year period, with the total works estimated to cost £369 million.

But thousands of people think the royals should foot the bill for Her Majesty’s luxury pad.

A petition suggesting The Crown and its estates should pay for the renovations has received just shy of 15,000 backers at time of publishing on Saturday.

Mark Johnson, who set up the petition, said: ‘There is a national housing crisis, the NHS is in crisis….austerity is forcing cuts in many front line services.

‘Now the Royals expect us to dig deeper to refurbish Buckingham Palace. The Crown’s wealth is inestimable. This is, in a word, outrageous.’

According to Metro newspaper, the Queen spends around a third of the year’s income hosting garden parties, receptions, investitures and other events at her official home.

The work needed reflects the age of the building, which was first used as a royal palace by Queen Victoria and has not been decorated since 1952, the year the Queen ascended the throne.

The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales are ‘completely supportive’ of the refit, officials said.

When the work is finished in 2027, the grant is expected to return to its current level of 15 per cent.