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29/06/00
Get Out of the Palace, Mo Tells Royals
- Mowlam wants galleries and museums to move in

MO MOWLAM, the most popular minister in Tony Blair's government, has said it is time for the Royal Family to move out of its huge palaces and castles.

But Mowlam disappointed republicans by falling short of calling for the abolition of the monarchy. "I don't suggest that the Royal Family should close down and shut up shop," Mowlam said. "But if people want a monarch of the new century they should have a palace of the new century, in line with the architecture you see around London."

The confused Cabinet Office Minister went on to say she liked individual members of the royal family and called Prince Charles a "great leader" but also called for a vague new constitutional arrangement.

Opposition Tory MPs called Mowlam's comments "ill-judged." So far there has been no official reaction from Blair.

Despite her reticence in nailing her colours firmly to the republican mast, Mowlam made some clear points about what to do with the palaces and castles. In line with The Independent on Sunday's recent campaign to open up more spaces to the public, Mowlam wants to see Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle turned into galleries and museums.

A publicly run Buckingham Palace would also have the advantage of being able to open up its huge gardens to the world, providing a green link between St James Park and Green Park.




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