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The magulmaduva, or royal council chamber.  The portion on the left, with the lower floor, was added by the British in 1875 to accommodate a visit from the Prince of Wales--the columns were taken from another palace building and replaced there by brick.  The British eventually restored the original part of the building, too, which was near collapse in the 1920s. In his official diary, Government Agent William Kindersley wrote in March, 1923, that "The Audience Hall remains propped up with jungle posts and is a pathetic sight.  Many of the pillars have so rotted at the base that the pillars have sunk from 1 to 3 inches from the beam that they are supposed to support."  

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