King Charles Scares The Art World With Change At Buckingham Palace

According to the Sovereign Grant records, Charles began his reign with royal expenditure, which is supported by the public, increasing for the second year in a row.

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King Charles Scares The Art World With Change At Buckingham Palace

The decision by King Charles to turn down the temperature at Buckingham Palace has apparently raised eyebrows in the art world.

Over the winter, thermostats at the palace and other royal residences were set to 19 degrees Celsius in anan effort to reduce emissions.

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The temperature is two degrees lower than what is advised for paintings like Rembrandt’s The Shipbuilder and His Wife, which was a favorite of the late Queen.

According to Daily Mail diarist Ephraim Hardcastle, curators calculated that 21-24C is the optimum temperature for keeping artworks in their finest condition, with harm possible if temps are kept too high or too low.

“Surely the Surveyor of the King’s Pictures would know that? Alas, that post was axed in 2020.” the writer questioned.

King Charles Scares The Art World With Change At Buckingham Palace
King Charles Scares The Art World With Change At Buckingham Palace

This week’s Sovereign Grant accounts highlight a number of royal sustainability initiatives, including “a concerted effort to reduce occupied room set points to 19C during the winter, as well as educate staff to turn down the temperature in vacant rooms to 16C and be more aware of the potential for reducing heat loss.”

He even recycles his bathwater at Clarence House and uses sustainable fuel in his Aston Martin.

According to the Sovereign Grant records, Charles began his reign with royal expenditure, which is supported by the public, increasing for the second year in a row.

Net expenditure grew by £5.1 million, or 5%, to £107.5 million for 2022-23. According to royal aides, this is owing to the change of monarchs, inflation, and the ongoing costs of repairing Buckingham Palace’s plumbing, electrical, and heating.

During 2022/23, the Sovereign Grant remained steady at £86.3 million. A main component of £51.8m covers the King’s official duties and household, which equates to 77p per inhabitant in the UK.

An extra £34.5 million covers the palace’s ongoing reservicing needs. According to the accounts, the royal family has once again failed to fulfill its diversity aim of attracting 10% of its staff from ethnic minorities, with the 2023 percentage remaining unchanged from last year.

Payroll expenditures proved to be one of the most significant annual increases in expenditure during 2022-23, climbing £3.4m to 27.1m, with personnel receiving a five to six percent wage increase.

As royal activities resumed following the Covid lockdowns, the workforce increased to pre-pandemic levels. A Buckingham Palace official announced that Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have also left Frogmore Cottage.

He refused to comment on the future tenant, despite claims that Prince Andrew is refusing to leave his Royal Lodge property.

According to Sir Michael Stevens, Keeper of the Privy Purse, the past 12 months have been “a year of grief, change, and celebration” like the nation “has not witnessed in seven decades.”

“These past 12 months have taken us from the Platinum Jubilee in the summer of last year, to the sadness of Queen Elizabeth’s death and the accession of our new sovereign in the autumn, via an incoming and outgoing state visit and many months of work in preparation for their majesties King Charles and Queen Camilla’s coronation in the spring of this year,” he continued.

According to a palace official, “His Majesty has supported the strategic direction of the royal households in its attempts to achieve net zero.”

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“In the short term though, it is all about reducing our emissions where we can control our emissions and in adjusting room temperatures, whether that’s during the working week or whether that’s a limiting of the effect of heating on weekends.“ He added.

“Or whether it’s turning off the gas lamps where it’s safe to do so, as a precursor to changing them over to electric operation, or indeed if it’s the case of turning the heating off on the swimming pool – these are all areas which are about the steps that we can take to reduce our emissions.”

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