Re­port calls for Welsh palace

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

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.

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