NEW PALACE FOR PRINCE REGENT.
We understand that the arrangements are at last completed for the
erection of a new palace for his Royal Highness; and that operations will commence
early in the next spring.
The Prince abandons Carlton House in consequence of the opinion of
architects that it would be impossible to give elevation to that edifice, or
indeed any other that might be substituted in its place; and as a new Royal palace
is necessary a new site ought to be chosen.
After the most mature consideration, the ground on which Buckingham
House now stands has been considered the most eligible. The late Queen's
residence possesses none of the requisites for holding drawing rooms and Levees. The
plan approved of presents a picture of real taste and grandeur. It is a Palace
with three fronts; the grand one will be a most magnificent object, and will
have in perspective the long avenue of trees, and the canal in St. James'
Park; the second front will command the Green Park, and the third view of the
Surrey Hills; for it is proposed to give to the new Palace sufficient altitude to
overlook Pimlico. Thus the pile will have East, North-West, and South-West
The two latter will be adorned with a noble terrace, in imitation of
the one at Windsor Castle. To complete this superb structure seven millions
sterling are said to be requisite; but as the Prince Regent is reluctant to apply
to Parliament*, his Royal Highness has given directions for the sale of the
following property belonging to the Crown, namely:
First, The ground on which St. James Palace stands
Second, The whole of the King's Mews
Third, Warwick House and its appurtenances.
It is calculated that about £700,000, in addition will complete the
Carlton-House goes to the Duke of York, for a valuable consideration.
The Triumphal Arch is still talked of; it will be the grand entrance
into London from the New Palace, and the bottom of St. James Street is still
*The Prince Regent may well be reluctant to apply to Parliament for
seven millions sterling for any such purpose. The scheme is altogether so
unnecessary and extravagant, considering the decrease of the Revenue and the
distressed state of the country, that we suspect there is not a word of truth in it.