King Charles won't move into Buckingham Palace for at least 5 years

The palace is currently undergoing £369 million renovations

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Although Buckingham Palace is now officially the home of King Charles, the royal actually won't be able to move into the London residence for 'at least' five years. 

The main residence of the Queen, before she sadly passed away aged 96, last month, was Buckingham Palace, although she regularly spent more time at Windsor Castle. 

However, its major renovations, which are said to include new wiring, plumbing and heating, mean King Charles won't be able to move into the famous London landmark until at least 2027 - although he will go there to work every day.

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King Charles and the Queen Consort Camilla will instead live in three different properties - Clarence House and Windsor Castle during the week, then they'll retire to their Sandringham home in Norfolk on the weekends.

A source told the Sun: “Refurbishment is very far behind schedule but the Monarch should be living at Buckingham Palace.

“It’s the heart of the monarchy in London, otherwise it risks becoming just a tourist attraction. We effectively have a king without a palace to live in.”

Buckingham Palace is where the Queen's Platinum Jubilee concert and weekend celebrations took place this year, while the iconic building also has 50,000 guests there every year - with world leaders, celebrities and the public meeting royals on the grounds or in the gardens. 

Although King Charles won't be living at the palace, which also has around 3 million visitors a year, he will be working at the London postcode every day.

Just recently fans also spotted the sweet detail in King Charles' new Buckingham Palace office which had them in tears - a photo of his late mother and father. In the background of his first official office picture, there was a framed, black-and-white photograph of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, 

Royal fans were quick to point out Charles' sentimental decor, with many taking to the comment section on Instagram to share their reaction. "The photograph behind him 😢," one emotional person said. 

Sarah Finley

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