The royal family may have to skip their now-famous Buckingham Palace balcony appearance at next year's Trooping the Colour due to upcoming refurbishments.
The entire East Wing of the historic building is set to undergo major renovation works which are expected to take at least a decade to complete.
The regal refurbishments will reportedly cost £369 million and in order to foot the bill, the percentage of the Crown Estate profits paid to the Sovereign Grant has increased for the first time from 15 percent to 25 percent.
By June 2019 - when the annual pomp and pageantry is expected to take place - the Centre Room which leads out to the royal balcony will be off limits.
In order to carry out the extensive renovations, over 10,000 pieces of artwork owned by the royal estate will have to be removed by April. Many of the antiques and tapestries found within the walls of Buckingham Palace will be loaned to galleries around the world in the meantime.
The Yellow Drawing Room and several bedrooms used for state visits will also be unavailable during the renovation process.
Yesterday, a senior courtier expressed hopes that the nation's favourite Buckingham Palace wave will still take place next year but reportedly admitted: "It will be assessed. It needs to be safe."
The Buckingham Palace balcony is a traditional emblem in the regal history books and has been the home of everything from Princess Diana and Prince Charles' first post-wedding kiss back on 29 July 1981 to the Duchess of Sussex's debut appearance earlier this month.
It is widely speculated that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child, Prince Louis, will finally make his Trooping the Colour debut at next year's ceremony.
Fingers crossed, that the annual parade will still go ahead.
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