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The monarchy, the royal residence and its upkeep

Keeping up appearances isn't cheap. An arrest at Buckingham Palace throws a spotlight on the costs of maintenance and security at the Queen's principal residence

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Tourists look at a photo taken of newly illuminated Buckingham Palace, in London, late Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, after the palace announced that for the rest of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, the facade of her official London residence will be illuminated nightly from sundown until 11 p.m. The lights came on at Buckingham Palace Tuesday, but the tourists were less than electrified. ‘That's disappointing. We were waiting for something spectacular,’ said visitor Clive Spingett.


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Guards march on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in central London October 14, 2013. Police arrested a man carrying a knife on Monday as he tried to gain entry to Buckingham Palace, the London residence of Queen Elizabeth, just a month after another security incident at the central London building.


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Britain's Queen Elizabeth attends a service celebrating the 60th anniversary of her coronation at Westminster Abbey in London June 4, 2013. Britain's Queen Elizabeth returned to the scene of her coronation on Tuesday to mark a reign that has weathered six decades of social transformation and the end of her country's global empire.


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Britain's Queen Elizabeth stands in the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games August 29, 2012.


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Tourists gather at the area in front of Buckingham Palace in central London, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. British police arrested a man with a knife after he tried to dart through a gate at Buckingham Palace in London on Monday. The palace said Queen Elizabeth II was not in residence. Breaches of royal security are rare, but just a month ago police arrested two men over a suspected break-in at the palace.

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British police officers guard the grounds of Buckingham Palace in central London, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013.

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Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official London residence, on Monday.

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