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March 08, 1999 12:00 AM

Buckingham Palace may be fit for a queen to live in, but it’s a right royal disappointment for tourists. That’s the verdict of a survey by the British Consumers’ Association which put Queen Elizabeth’s main residence at the bottom of a table of 21 leading sights in Britain. Rooms open to the public “felt sterile and didn’t tell visitors any story about the house,” said the report. “Little effort was made to bring the succession of state rooms to life.” British newspapers reported on Tuesday that the palace has attracted 1.5 million tourists since it opened in 1993 for two months a year. Said a palace spokesman: “Buckingham Palace is not a theme park.”

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