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Royal family costs Britons 56 pence each a year

2014-06-26 13:41

London - The public cost of the British monarchy rose by  £2.4m last year to  £35.7m, equivalent to 56 pence per person, palace accounts revealed on Thursday.

Property maintenance accounted for  £13.3m of the sovereign grant - the part of the public purse used to fund the official duties of the monarchy - including  £3.4m to "completely re-service" Kensington Palace, the family home of Prince William, Kate and their son George.

The 20-room apartment, number 1A, reportedly required a "complete refit" to make it habitable, including the removal of asbestos and the installation of running water in some parts.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as William and Kate are formally known, paid for furniture and fittings.

"Some of the fit-out we felt should be paid for privately. The Cambridges have been extremely sensitive to the fact that public funds were paying for a lot of this work," an aide said.

Royal transport costs up

The accounts revealed that about  £1.1m was also spent on the apartment last year, bringing the total to  £4.5m.

In battling a "backlog" of restoration works, the royal family carried out a total of 133 projects across the estate, according to Buckingham Palace accounts.

Meanwhile, royal travel cost the British public  £4.2m in 2012/13, down from  £4.5m a year earlier.

Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, was responsible for  £1m of this, including  £255 000 to attend former president Nelson Mandela's funeral in December.

The prince, the eldest son of 88-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, received a record total of  £21.7m from his private Duchy of Cornwall income and taxpayer funding.

The Duchy income accounted for the vast majority of the sum, netting  £19.5m, a rise of 2.4% on last year.

Under a new funding arrangement agreed in 2011, the sovereign grant is set at 15% of the profits of the royal estate from two years previously. The rest of the profits go into the public coffers.

Counting London's famous Regent Street and Windsor Park among its properties, as well as almost the entire seabed around Britain, the estate is now worth more than  £8bn.

Comments
  • Lacoste Mokwena - 2014-06-26 14:00

    Royal families are useless public parasites. I don't understand why supposedly advanced societies still tolerate them

      Gilbert Parsons - 2014-06-26 14:31

      Yip - totally agree as King Goodwill is in the same boat. Costing us taxpayers another R300m for his kraal. So SA Inc spent nearly a Billion on only two people in Natal. And then there is all the Royals in Eastern Cape adding no valus but claiming income from the fiscus. So Lacoste I do agree with your sentiment there.

      Eric Moneyvalu - 2014-06-26 14:48

      Nkandlam cost us 46cents each

      Bac Teria - 2014-06-26 15:34

      Eric, you must've been a 30% candidate... R240m / 60m people(estimated) is not 46c

      John Greystoke - 2014-06-26 20:03

      Do the 60m all pay tax?

      jerome.fakoe - 2014-06-27 02:23

      Eric don't show the world that you passed OBE exams

      jerome.fakoe - 2014-06-27 02:23

      Eric don't show the world that you passed OBE exams

  • Victor Windsor - 2014-06-26 14:27

    They are a waste of space and do not contribute anything to society, I wish I had all their privaliges, they must get a real job with a pathetic British salary and see just how people are actually living in "Great Britain" I am Brittish and have recently been back there and worked there and found to my horror that it is too expensive to live and work there.They should drop the word "Great" from the words "Great Britain" I am ashamed to be British,hard to believe that they were once a mighty nation ????

  • Zuma Etolls - 2014-06-26 15:50

    Zuma's Royal Family, the ANC governemnt has stolen R750 billion in the last 20 years.....

  • Desilusionada - 2014-06-26 17:52

    Nkandla cost is +/-R5.00 each, because no one knows how many people ARE actually living in SA. But unlike the Brits, most in SA cannot afford such extravagances.....

  • Donovan Dunn - 2014-06-26 17:52

    Worth every cent to see Queen Elizabeth parading her sexiness in those skimpy outfits!

      John Greystoke - 2014-06-26 20:06

      Kate has a nice ass! Not the queen? Sicko!

  • Mark Wawn - 2014-06-26 18:47

    Prince Philip is apparently head of the Freemasons. Work it out; come to your own conclusion.

  • Deon Pretorius - 2014-06-27 08:14

    But think of the benefits. Think of how much money they made from the royal family. Look at all the millions they make from the birthdays, births, deaths and scandals of these people. Briton is a kingdom because it is ruled by a King or Queen. Without them they would just be another country. You know who rules they.

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