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Offers are being taken to re-home a toilet fit for a Queen after developers renovating an old building uncovered a lavatory built for a royal seat.

Builders working on the old Royal Sutton Coldfield Council House in the West Midlands were astonished to discover a bathroom built especially for Queen Elizabeth II's 1957 visit, following her attendance at the World Scout Jubilee Jamboree.

With the building currently being turned into 18 luxury apartments as part of a £10 million redevelopment, the annexe bathroom - located off the Lord Mayor's Parlour - is now being refitted.

However, while the developers are replacing the porcelain with modern fixtures, they are willing to let the toilet itself go to a good home, with any new owner able to rightfully claim a royal flush.

Anthony McCourt, director at Gethar Ventures, said: "Sutton Coldfield Council House is a building with rich history - especially when it comes to the royal family.

"When Her Majesty came to the town in 1957, a bathroom facility was constructed for her convenience."

The toilet is typical of its era, fashioned in pink porcelain, with a black lid and a chrome-effect flush handle fixed to its cistern.

Mr McCourt added: "As much as we'd love to keep a toilet originally built for Her Majesty, times and tastes have changed.

"That said, the room will remain as a bathroom after the refurbishment and we'll be ensuring that the new facilities are fit for royalty in this era.

"One resident will be able to legitimately claim their bathroom was built for Her Majesty."

Despite detailed research of the bathroom's history, there is no report the toilet ever received the royal patronage for which it was built, after the Queen visited the jamboree in nearby Sutton Park.

With its overwhelming royal connections, Mr McCourt said the completed development would be called Royal Sutton Place.

Any inquiries about the royal privy should be directed to 0121 362 7160 or by visiting www.RoyalSuttonPlace.co.uk.

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