By Jane Seymour, Royal Editor
The BBC is hoping to raise a record sum for the Buckingham Palace renovation work in tonight’s annual Royals in Need charity special.
Bosses hope the five-hour television marathon will contribute a large chunk towards the £369 million costs of buying some new curtains and a swish new kitchen for The Queen’s London home.
A BBC insider said: “What better way for the British people to support their monarchy than to pay for the redecoration at The Queen’s London home?
“The Queen is a bit hard-up and so Royals in Need is a marvelous way for the great British public to dig deep and pay for the upkeep of her home.”
The appeal is expected to raise over £30 million, meaning work can begin on the first phase of the Buckingham Palace work – fitting new gold-gilded lavatories, and extra security measures to keep the public away.