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Video: preparing the silver gilt at Buckingham Palace

The Grand Service, a magnificent collection of silver-gilt dinner plates, dishes, tureens, centrepieces and candelabra, numbers over 4,000 pieces.

It takes eight people three weeks to clean and polish the service in preparation for a State Banquet.

Watch a preview of these preparations in this short film.

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