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Centuries of royal intrigue lie hidden within each and every one of the 775 rooms of Buckingham Palace. But the best-kept—and most unsavory—secret originates in the kitchen. In 1837, shortly after the young monarch Queen Victoria moved in, the palace kitchen was flooded with sewage. Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, assembled a team to assist in the repair of this and other palace features that ran afoul of design expectations, such as poor ventilation and the tendency for gas from gas lamps to accumulate on lower floors.
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