The royal family has given us an unusual look behind the walls of Buckingham Palace.

You know you’re rolling in it when your butler has to ride two floors in a lift, pass through several rooms containing dozens of sculptures/antiques/giant portraits,
continue down a lengthy chandelier-adorned corridor and into one of your many drawing rooms just to deliver your food.

This is the journey currently made by footmen at Buckingham Palace when they serve Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for functions in the Chinese Drawing Room.

The royal family released rare footage of the trip on social media, while sharing details of an “urgent” £369 million (AUD$654,720) Palace renovation.

“Many of the lifts at the Palace are old and impractical,” the Twitter. “There’s how staff currently navigate from the kitchens to the Palace’s Chinese Drawing Room for functions. The route will be more practical & efficient when new lifts are installed.”


The footage shows parts of the 775-room Palace rarely seen by the public, including ornately decorated rooms and red-carpeted hallways, which make up the labyrinthine 1705 building.

We also get a glimpse inside the kitchen and basement, where staff prepare for events and functions.


The overhaul of the Palace is slated to take a decade and, according to a statement on the royal family’s website, will involve a much-needed update of palace infrastructure.

“The Palace’s electrical cabling, plumbing and heating have not been updated since the 1950s. The building’s infrastructure is in urgent need of a complete overhaul to prevent long-term damage to the building and its contents,” the statement read.

The bill for the renovation is being footed by the Sovereign Grant, an annual Government allowance paid to the monarch to support her/him in her/his official duties. According to official report, that figure was increased by 10 percent for 2017-18 to cover the Palace overhaul, taking the Queen’s allowance to £76.1 million (roughly AUD$135,054,600) for the year.