22 Apr 2021
January 13, 2020 - Filed under: Antiques News — Harriet

Buckingham Palace is being refurbished and this requires the moving of the Queen’s art to temporary storage facilities. She has applied for planning permission to build a giant 23,000 sq. ft. shed in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The planners at Windsor and Maidenhead Council are concerned that the land where the shed will be located is a flood risk and a lack of trees means that the shed does not blend in with the landscape. The planning officials have asked the Queen’s staff to add plans for a drainage system to prevent flooding. Helen Leonard of the council tree team wants the royals to plant trees in the area. She said:

“The trees may be complementary to the current land use, which I’m informed is grazed.”

The most valuable works in the Royal Collection of art and antiques include ones by Rembrandt, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo. These will be moved to other royal properties and some loaned to museums. The Queen needs a storage facility for the rest of the collection, which is why she seeks planning permission to erect the Windsor Castle shed.

Many people have valuable antique sofas, chairs, chests, tables and other antique furniture in their Lancashire homes. If the property requires renovation work, furniture can be stored away from the home. Unlike the Queen, this will not require the building of a large shed, renting space in a self-storage facility is a simpler and less expensive solution.

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