Part of Buckingham Palace’s roof will be repaired, nearly 200 years after a leak was first discovered.
Permission has been granted to restore the Queen’s London home by Westminster City Council, which considered an application to repair an asphalt roof and a chimney stack.
While it could be assumed that a problem in a royal residence would be tackled quickly, it appears this one has been on the to do list since 1831.
Papers filed as part of the application for the work include notes from that year which read: “Rain had already penetrated the covering of the south-west tower, and though fissures in the composition might readily be close, there was no guarantee against their recurrence.
“The substitution of a more durable covering was therefore advised.”
The covering was made of a mixture of “Stockholm tar, dried chalk in power, and sifted sand” which was laid on in two