By Tom Murray /
August 02, 2018
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Ever wondered how the Queen's staff wind their way around through vast halls and countless corridors of Buckingham Palace?

Well, now you can see exactly what it's like, thanks to rare footage shared by the official Royal Family Twitter account.

In the video, you can see the route from the kitchens to the Palace's Chinese Drawing Room, where functions are often held, from the perspective of a butler.

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"Many of the lifts at the Palace are old and impractical — here's how staff currently navigate from the kitchens to the Palace's Chinese Drawing Room for functions," the tweet reads.

It added: "The route will be more practical & efficient when new lifts are installed."

Buckingham Palace is currently undergoing a £369 million ($483 million) renovation that will span 10 years.

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An independent report in 2016 concluded that royal residence required "urgent work" and that there was a "risk of serious damage" to the Palace.

Miles of cables, pipes, and wiring are being replaced for the first time in 60 years.

The palace, which alone employs 300 staff, hosts 100,000 guests and attracts 15 million tourists every year.

This justifies the price tag of the renovations, according to Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke, who said: "Tourists are drawn to this country because of our culture, heritage and royal legacy, and when they visit they spend billions of pounds and support thousands of jobs.

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"These urgent works have been properly costed and will ensure the palace can continue its centuries-long tradition of being the working house of our Monarch. We will ensure every penny spent achieves the greatest value for money."

Master of The Queen's Household Tony Johnstone-Burt said: "Buckingham Palace is one of the most iconic buildings in the world, and this programme is designed to extend its working life by a further fifty years.

"On completion of the work, we'll have a Palace fit for purpose until 2067."