Prince Charles Supports Opening Westminster Abbey Balcony
Prince Charles says he supports opening Westminster Abbey's balcony, otherwise known as the triforium, for public viewing, according to the British Broadcasting Company.
The 70-foot upper gallery is currently only reachable by challenging stone steps, according to the BBC. Abbey officials want to install an elevator for disabled access and turn the gallery, which is currently being used as a storage room, into a museum for the public.
"The Dean and chapter is honored that His Royal Highness has agreed to become patron of the Abbey's Appeal," said the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, as reported by the BBC. "This is a very significant endorsement of the importance of the triforium project, which will improve in a genuinely transformational way the quality of access visitors have to the abbey, and the quality of their understanding of this precious church.
"We are immensely grateful to the Prince of Wales for his personal commitment to the realization of our development plans."
Poet Sir John Betjeman once called the balcony "one of the best views in Europe," the BBC reports.