>> It's one of Britain's best known landmarks, but the home of Queen Elizabeth is crumbling. In desperate need of renovation, Buckingham Palace will soon be getting a facelift. It'll take ten years and cost the British public 369 million pounds. The government has approved a 66% increase in the sovereign grant which covers the cost of running the queen's household.
The palace says the work is urgently needed. Electrical wiring, water pipes and the heating system where installed nearly seven decades ago, and need replacing. But critics say, the royal household shouldn't be given anymore tax payer money. They've long been calling for Buckingham Palace to be open to tourists year round, insisting that the royals become more self-sufficient.
The work will begin in April next year and the palace is expected to remain fully operational, allowing the millions of annual visitors to continue admiring the historic building.