King Charles makes subtle Buckingham Palace change in ‘first of many’

The King is poised to get a plaque bearing his name at Buckingham Palace, following his accession to monarch.

According to the MailOnline, there are plans for a stone plaque to be placed at The King’s Gallery in the capital.

The gallery exhibits art from the Royal Collection and sees millions wander through its halls every year.The gallery boasts old master paintings and rare items of furniture.

Westminster City Council received the plans for the plaque. The plaque itself “acknowledges the King’s accession” and is to be made from Caithness Stone, one of the world’s rarest paving stones.

The plaque will feature hand-carved lettering and will serve to acknowledge the renaming of The Queen’s Gallery to The King’s Gallery.

Both the Queen’s Gallery in London and the Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh were renamed in December 2023.

A planning statement for the new plaque, submitted with the application reads: “An internal floor plaque is proposed within the entrance hall to discreetly mark the occasion, replacing a single stone floor slab.

“Following His Majesty The King’s Accession, the Royal Collection Trust announced in December 2023 that ‘The Queen’s Gallery’ at Buckingham Palace will become ‘The King’s Gallery’.

Detailing the reasons behind the renaming process, the Royal Household said in planning documents: “This proposed alteration is consistent with these wider changes in nomenclature and also reflects the change in nature of the collection as it forms the personal collection of the reigning monarch rather than the collection of a particular member of the Royal family.”

The news of the application has come despite the Royal Collection Trust noting that there were initially no plans to rename the galleries.

A spokesperson said at the time: “The Queen’s Galleries were founded and opened by Queen Elizabeth II, so at present there are no plans to change their names.”

However, in a second statement released last December, they said: “The Royal Collection is held in trust by The King for his successors and the nation.

“It is therefore felt appropriate to rename the galleries as The King’s Galleries in recognition of the new reign”.

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