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Brits pay more to fund royals

2009-06-29 16:58

London - Every British taxpayer paid 69 pence towards the cost of keeping the royal family last year, Buckingham Palace accounts revealed on Monday.

The total cost of the royal family was £41.5m in the 2008-09 financial year, the figures showed, up £1.5m on the previous year.

That figure does not include the cost of security provided for royals by the police and army, which is never disclosed but is thought to run into tens of millions of pounds.

The accounts also reveal that Queen Elizabeth II took £6m out of a reserve fund to boost the amount she receives to cover the running of the royal household - the highest sum she has ever taken from it.

This has prompted speculation among royal commentators that she will ask for an increase in the civil list, as the grant is known, when the current agreement on the issue runs out in December.