Queen Camilla's ancestor helped build her new home Buckingham Palace – inside £1.3b house

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Queen Camilla's ancestor helped build her new home Buckingham Palace – inside £1.3b house

An interesting fact that links Buckingham Palace to its new residents, is that Queen Camilla’s great-great-great-grandfather, Thomas Cubitt, was re

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An interesting fact that links Buckingham Palace to its new residents, is that Queen Camilla’s great-great-great-grandfather, Thomas Cubitt, was responsible for designing and building part of Buckingham Palace.

Specifically, he designed and supervised the building of the East front of Buckingham Palace, including the iconic balcony facing the Mall. 

In addition, King Charles’ great-great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, was close to Thomas and even eulogised Cubitt after his death in 1855.

She called him “kindhearted” and “unassuming” and mourned his death as a “real national loss”.

This discovery was found by royal expert and genealogist Myko Clelland at MyHeritage.

Thomas Cubitt’s legacy is being brought full circle with his descendant moving in as a resident of Buckingham Palace as the new Queen.

What does Buckingham Palace look like inside?

The £1.3billion palace has 775 rooms, including a gallery, stunning gardens and a ballroom. Many of the rooms are private but royal fans can catch a glimpse of some of the palace’s highlights.

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Palace Ballroom

The Palace Ballroom has a similar decor to the throne room and has been used to host guests and state dinners.

The room has red carpets and a white horseshoe table in the centre.

Gold panelling and candelabras are on the walls along with landscape paintings.

Six chandeliers hang from the ceilings which make the room spectacularly lit.

1844 Room

This is one of 19 staterooms in the palace which has hosted both world leaders and other important guests.

The room has several gold mirrors and a pink floral carpet.

Blue and gold chairs match the carpets and add a splash of colour to the room.

Famously William and Kate met with then-President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle in this room.

White Drawing Room

This is where the late Queen made her yearly Christmas Day speech, and where King Charles is expected to make his speech.

The room has white walls, gold borders and red and cream carpets.

Family photos placed on a wooden table can often be seen by viewers when the Queen gives her speech.

The room also has an impressive chandelier that hangs over a gold grand piano.



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