The Queen has private cash machine at Buckingham Palace, TV show reveals
The Queen has opened up her home for a new series which reveals she has a cash machine at the Palace.
The surprise revelation comes in the first episode of a four-part series – Secrets Of The Royal Palaces – to be shown later this month on Channel 5.
While the monarch is said to never carry cash, the show points out that Coutts, the upmarket bank favoured by the royals, has installed an ATM at Buckingham Palace.
But the film does not reveal whether the sovereign has ever used it.
The documentary visits all of the royal palaces, with new details about Windsor Castle, Balmoral and Clarence House.
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It features contributions from royal observers, former press officers, society designer Nicky Haslam, and former butler to Charles and Camilla, Grant Harrold.
Buckingham Palace is the focus for most of the first episode.
Built by the Duke of Buckingham in 1703 and later extended, it has 775 rooms, 52 bedrooms and 78 bathrooms. It is managed by 188 members of the Royal Household who look after the Queen and Prince Phillip.
The Queen describes it as her “office”.
Such is the grandeur of the Palace that the ceiling in the famous ballroom is the “height of three double-decker buses”.
There is a staff Post Office together with a doctor’s surgery which is able to perform “emergency operations”.
Staff can also use a swimming pool, reveals Dickie Arbiter, former press officer to the Queen. He said he would take an occasional dip himself while working there.
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There used to be a bar in the Palace but it was closed after some members of staff were too often “the worse for wear”, claims Arbiter. “They had to get rid,” he said.
There is also footage of a balcony scene in which Prince William was “admonished” by the Queen for bending over to talk to Prince George as they waited for a fly-past.
The Queen, looking less than amused, is seen directly talking to her grandson.
The show recalls how actors Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Helen Mirren once discovered The Throne Room during a palace function.
“We sat on them. It brings out the worst in you, Buckingham Palace,” said Sir Ian.
● Secrets of the Royal Palaces is on Channel 5 on Wednesday, September 25, 9pm.
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