Her Majesty is building a new merchandise headquarters away from Windsor Castle because it is impacting on the security of the Royal Family. The Royal Household will build a new large warehouse for part of The Royal Collection Trust.
The headquarters will act as the place where royal merchandise is received and dispatched to retail outlets at Royal Palaces throughout the United Kingdom.
The Royal Collection Trust looks after the Royal Collection, one of the most important art collections in the world which include pictures by Canaletto, Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
The Trust, whose chairman is Prince Charles, is part of The Royal Household and also manages the public opening of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen.
The retail HQ is currently based on Home Farm on the Royal Estate, but the Queen has requested that it moves to Windsor Great Park further away from the Castle.
Measures are being ramped up at Windsor Castle.
In planning documents seen by Express.co.uk, the Crown Estate, said: “The Royal Collection Trust’s retail operation, who run the stores at the Royal Palaces currently occupy unsuitable accommodation in the Home Park, not far from Windsor Castle.
“Security of the Home Park and Windsor Castle is becoming tighter and as part of this it is intended to reduce incoming vehicle movements.
“For these reasons it is proposed that The Royal Collection Trust relocate their operation to and occupy new purpose built accommodation.”
It is understood that security measures are being ramped up following the London Bridge and Westminster terror attacks in recent years.
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The Queen is currently self-isolating at Windsor Castle.
Windsor Castle and it's extensive grounds.
The Queen is also self-isolating at Windsor Castle after being driven from Buckingham Palace on March 19th.
Prince Philip, 98, was flown down to join her from Sandringham shortly after.
But council conservationists have also raised concerns that the development could impact on the traditional parkland of Windsor Great Park.
The local council has also told the royals that they will need to install bat and bird boxes on the site.
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Items sold in the Royal Palace shops will be distributed from the warehouse.
In planning documents, the conservation team at Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council, said: “It is considered that the proposal would cause harm to the significance of the Registered Park.
“It is not considered that the public benefits arising from the scheme would currently outweigh the harm caused.”
The Royal Household is pressing along with the project after a warning that the family’s income is being hit hard by the coronavirus crisis.
The Lord Chamberlain, Earl Peel, who is the Head of the Household, wrote to staff with his concerns for the financial impact of the pandemic.
Royal UK residences
It was noted that all royal palaces were closed to the public forcing income from tourism, one of their key revenue streams to dry up.
In response, agents acting on behalf of The Crown Estate, said: "The proposal has recently been amended to alter the roof line of the new building to further reduce any perceived impact on the site, the Listed Park and the Green Belt."
Buckingham Palace said they wouldn't comment on matters of security.