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Queen Elizabeth to vacate her Buckingham Palace rooms for refit: aide

LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth will vacate her private rooms at Buckingham Palace in 2025 as part of a 10-year refit of the building to prevent a catastrophic disaster such as a fire or a flood, a senior royal official said on Friday. The palace is undergoing a 369 million pound ($481 million) reservicing program to replace ageing and dangerous electrical wiring and boilers. It started in April last year and is due to be completed in 2027. Towards the end of the works, the 92-year-old monarch and her husband Prince…