Here's what life is actually like behind-the-scenes at Buckingham Palace

Here's what life is actually like behind-the-scenes at Buckingham Palace

When it was announced that Buckingham Palace would be getting a £360 million makeover and that the taxpayer would foot the bill, understandably, the general public wasn't best pleased. Firstly, there was the question of why the family can't pay the bill themselves? After all, they're all millionaires. Then, there was the question, does it really need that much work? From the outside, Buckingham Palace looks pretty grand to me. However, if the latest video released by the Royal Family is anything to go by, then yes, Buckingham Palace needs some work done to it.

In the video shared by the family, we can see the long route that butlers walk to deliver food to some of the more remote rooms in the palace. When trying to get to the Chinese Drawing Room - where the majority of functions are held - staff have to navigate a labyrinth of corridors and hallways in the world-famous building.

It's believed that the Palace released the video in order to show the scale of the work required to update the building, with the prominence being on the need for new lifts.

The Royal Family tweeted the video, captioning it: "Many of the lifts at the Palace are old and impractical - here'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."

Tony Barnard, the architectural lead on the project, said that the current route to the room is not practical and it would be much more efficient if staff could just come up straight from the basement.

Not only will it aid the staff and make their lives much easier, the new lifts will also help make the building much more accessible to wheelchair users.

In more footage released today, architects have used "Point Cloud" technology to map the entire building and make 3D computer models in order to aid the redevelopment process. The new technology, which uses lasers to scan and measure rooms inside of the building, has been brought in to produce 3D computer surveys of around 400 rooms and 515 metres of corridors.

Architect Mr Barnard added: "Point Cloud surveying is a way to capture a really detailed image of the building that in turn allows us to have a level of information we've never had before.

"We can then use that information in a smart way to design the resurfacing and alterations we need to carry out to the palace."

A statement posted on the Royal Family's website today, they claimed that the building is in "urgent need" of a restructure in order to prevent long-term damage: "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 most cost-effective way to replace these essential services, and to ensure that The Palace is fit for purpose for the next 50 years, is to undertake a phased programme of works over ten years.

"The programme will realise a series of long-term financial and environmental benefits, as well as improvements to visitor access. The Palace will remain occupied and fully operational for the duration."

So while Buckingham Palace may appear to be pretty grand and lavish from the outside, it actually looks a bit drab and dreary inside. Those poor Royals, hey?