Report calls for Welsh palace
SEVERAL buildings in South Wales are mooted as possible candidates for conversion into a royal palace.
A report published today says Wales could benefit economically and politically by creating its own royal palace.
Gorwel says it could involve either building a new palace from scratch or adapting an existing building.
At present Wales is the only country in the UK not to have a royal palace or residence for the monarch. There are currently a number in England and Scotland and one in Northern Ireland.
While the Prince of Wales owns a private residence at Llwynywermod, near Llandovery, there is no palace for the monarch.
The report explores the economic case for establishing a royal palace in Cardiff, finding there could be an important boost to the city, bringing in an extra £25m of spending in the city in its first decade of existence.
Describing the case for a new-build palace, the report says: “[It] would have the advantage of being designed and built to stand out more than existing buildings might. This could potentially attract more tourists, as it would be more interesting than a building that had been there for many years already.”
A new building could also be created quicker than adapting an existing one, the report says.
Cardiff City Hall, Duffryn Gardens in the Vale of Glamorgan, and a number of potential buildings in Cardiff Bay are suggested as possible candidates for conversion.
The report also examines some of the drawbacks to establishing a new palace in Wales, including the potential cost, displacement of tourism from other sites in Wales, resistance from Welsh nationalists and republicans to the presence of the Crown in Wales and it being seen as a symbol of extravagance in a period of austerity.