"renovations to the palaces"

Buckingham Palace
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Throughout their history the British palaces have been undergoing almost constant renovation, adapted to suit the changing tastes and needs of each new monarch. In 1840, at the start of Victoria’s reign, there were almost certainly renovations going on in nearly all of the palaces, but some of the most noticeable included:

Buckingham Palace – after growing up in Kensington, Queen Victoria moved to Buckingham Palace three weeks after her accession. Bought by George III in 1761, work to make the palace a royal home had been so costly and extensive that no monarch had ever lived there in permanent residence. Victoria and Albert began an extensive programme of renovation to make the house suitable for the family they wished to have – adding nurseries and guest bedrooms, moving the Marble Arch to Hyde Park and building a fourth wing.

Frogmore House – standing in the Park of Windsor Castle, Frogmore House was one of Queen Victoria’s favourite weekend homes. However, in 1841 she gave it to her mother, so renovations may well have been carried out around this time.

The Palace of Westminster – after the fire which all but destroyed the building in 1834, construction of a new Houses of Parliament began in 1840 and continued for more than three decades.