LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace needs a taxpayer-funded face-lift if it's to remain fit for the queen.
Queen Elizabeth II's home in London needs urgent infrastructure work to fix plumbing, electrical cables and heating that hasn't been upgraded since World War II.
The work will cost some 369 million pounds ($459 million) over 10 years and is considered critical to safeguarding the building from fire or flood damage.
Palace officials acknowledge that the sum is vast, but hope the public will accept the expenditure for an iconic building that is a symbol of the nation.
"We take the responsibility that comes with receiving these public funds extremely seriously indeed," said Tony Johnstone-Burt, the master of the queen's household. "Equally, we are convinced that by making this investment in Buckingham Palace now we can avert a much more costly and potentially catastrophic building failure in the years to come."
The most critical work is set to begin in April 2017.