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Is it appropriate to rent out palace rooms during the Olympics?

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li-cp-palace-584.jpgQueen Elizabeth II has given her approval to renting out state apartments at St. James's Palace as party venues during the 2012 London Olympics.  (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

London Olympics guests hoping to host shindigs in posh locations are in luck: Queen Elizabeth II will be renting out some palace rooms during the 2012 event.

The Queen has just approved plans to let companies and firms rent out select rooms at St. James's Palace for a fee of £30,000 a day, according to the Daily Mail.

The rooms on offer for corporate and charity receptions carry a great deal of history, and include the prestigious Tapestry Room, Queen Anne Room and Throne Room.  

Those who decide to rent the locations will be in close proximity to sites that will hold Olympics swimming and marathon events. Additionally, an exclusive tour of the Palace will be provided to all guests.

The Queen's decision to open the Palace doors is a significant break with royal protocol, and has already caused some to wonder if renting the rooms is unseemly, or even tacky.
Buckingham Palace has since defended the decision. "I think everyone is very conscious that purse strings are tight at the moment and this is an innovative way of raising funds," a spokesman said.

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