Buckingham Palace is to undergo a 10-year refurbishment costing the taxpayer £369m. The Queen will remain in residence during the work, to begin next April. Ageing cables, lead pipes, wiring and boilers will be replaced, many for the first time in 60 years. The works will be funded by a temporary increase in the Sovereign Grant, as recommended by the Royal Trustees, who includes the prime minister and chancellor. This funding change will require MPs' approval.