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Olympics Visitors Can Rent Royal Rooms
November 14, 2011

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Those attending the 2012 Olympics now have the opportunity to avail themselves of some choice accommodations, thanks to Queen Elizabeth II.

The monarch has let it be known that some of the rooms in St. James's Palace will be available for rent for the London Olympic Games, which run from July 27 to August 12. No official list of available rooms has been released yet, but Buckingham Palace has stressed that the rooms — which are thought to come with steep rental fees — will be occupied only by holders of royal warrants, meaning that people who have personal ties or work for companies with longstanding ties to the royal family. 

St. James's Palace was built between 1531 and 1536 and was the seat of power for more than three centuries. Portraits of kings and queens dot the hallways. The last monarch to rule from the palace was Queen Victoria, who moved to Buckingham Palace in 1837.

One thing that the royal family will confirm is that the rental program is a limited-time offer designed to put more money into the royal coffers.

The Opening Ceremonies and the Closing Ceremonies will bookend a total of 302 medal events in 26 sports. The full schedule is here.



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