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Royal clocks: The 1100 clocks the Royal Family needed to changed at the weekend

The Royal Family as an employer has a workforce of more than 1,000 people. The Queen is the longest-reigning monarch in British history and while this year has been a year of great change for the Royal Family, there are many traditions which will not change. For instance, last weekend royal staffers will change all the clocks in royal households. But exactly how many clocks will be changed?

The mornings are becoming darker and conditions are turning colder as autumn slowly moves towards winter.

Leaves are turning and falling from trees and pumpkins are beginning to adorn homes as decoration.

But another key sign of autumn is changing the clocks.

Each year, there are four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

During spring the clocks go forward and during autumn the clocks go back.

This year, the clocks went forward on March 29 and since that time the UK has used British Summer Time (BST) which is one hour ahead of the UK’s Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

In the UK during the summer, the country has a maximum of 16 hours and 50 minutes of daylight on the summer solstice.

During the winter solstice, this dwindles to just seven hours and 49 minutes.

The changes in time help to ensure people are awake to enjoy the most of these daylight hours.

This year, the clocks will turn back on October 25, at 2am.

At that time, the UK will revert to GMT and it will become 1am again, marking the official end of British Summer Time.

It is always undertaken at this early hour to ensure minimal disruption as most people are asleep at this time.

Many people can find this a time of great confusion, especially in the past when most clocks had to be changed by hand.

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But how many clocks are there at the Royal Family households?

In total, there are the following clocks at each of the royal houses:

Windsor Castle: 450 clocksBuckingham Palace: 600Palace of Holyroodhouse: 50

Changing all of these clocks amounted to a massive 40 hours of work last weekend by Royal Collection Trust staff.

The Royal Collection contains some of the finest historic clocks in existence, with many on display for visitors at Windsor and Holyroodhouse.

They reflect mechanical innovation over the centuries and demonstrate the fashions of the different ages.

There are 1,500 timepieces in the Royal Collection in total including musical clocks, astronomical clocks, miniature clocks and turret clocks.

The Queen is currently staying at Windsor Castle.

She returned to work moving from Sandringham to Windsor Castle earlier this month.

The Queen stepped out for her first public engagement since returning to work last week.

The visit, attended by Prince William as well, was to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) near Salisbury and formally opened the new Energetics Analysis Centre.

It was the first time the Queen had been seen on a public in-person engagement with a family member since the coronavirus lockdown was announced in March.


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