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Old 06-27-2013, 06:44 AM
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I can't believe Sweden is one of the poorest families! Lol their jewel collection is just jaw-dropping
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:13 AM
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Backlash has arrived... She could also just keep the profits of the crown estates and decline a pay from the government. But somehow I don't think that would make people happier though...
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"Under a new funding deal agreed by George Osborne in 2010, the Queen's income is directly linked to the money the Crown Estate makes each year.
The Civil List and grants for travel, PR and maintenance on royal palaces were replaced with a new single payment.
Under the new rules the Queen receives 15 per cent of the gains..."
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:30 AM
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The media reports this story as if the money paid to HM was salary and not a departmental budget to cover operational expenses, including the salaries of staff.
Someday I would like to see a story on what the costs of maintaining the PM, his official residences, entertainment, security, and his travel are. O hand they could also toss in the costs of maintaining official residences for several members of the cabinet.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:35 PM
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People are the same everywhere...

All these years I used to think its only my fellow Indians who rush to praise or criticise in mob-frenzy, basing on some sensational headline, without caring to know the facts. But now I know no one is an exception to this.. Everytime there is some news regarding royal finances media starts hyping with the words "pay-rise".."taxpayer-funded" etc and people start flooding sites with all sorts of swearings..
I wonder if atleast 1% of the British population knows that there is no Civil List/payments/handouts/benefits and the money given to Royal Household is a small fixed fraction of the profit generated from their properties "leased" to government. And as if this is not enough another crowd from other side of the "pool" start provoking them for a "revolution"
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Old 06-27-2013, 02:50 PM
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This is what I meant with my post a little higher up. Even though you said it much better. As far as I can tell, the BRF bring in a lot more money than they take out and I don't think the British public would be happy if complete ownership of the Crown Estates would be given back to the BRF and they would decline a "payment" from the government. That would cost the british taxpayer a lot of money.
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:26 PM
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Interesting tweet, not sure why The Queen doesn't spend it if this is the case;

@SkyNewsRoyal: #royal Buck Palace can bank cash left at end of financial yr - but if it exceeds £16m, Soverign Grant faces being slashed - So spend it?
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:06 PM
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Given the huge backlog in maintenance on the royal palaces I doubt that there would be much left over and if there is it would probably be kept to cover larger maintenance costs that the left over couldn't fund.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:37 PM
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The "problem" I think is that in the past they have "made do and mend". What is needed now is major works - that is probably a 5-10 year rollong plan of capital works which has to be implemented around the royal calendar. Maintenance in the past was done across the summer when HMQ was in Scotland, and this is now the time that the public are admitted.

They also need a planned maintenance schedule that they stick to. Having worked with the civil service, I have to say that this is the budget that usually gets cut first.

I can anticipate that BP will close to the public in the summer for a couple of years so that the works can progress.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:03 PM
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I can't imagine BP closing. The loss of tourism dollars. I think more likely would be the court moving to Windsor for a few months. HM and DoE are already there Fri -Mon ea week. it is already an alternative location for state dinners. The court is at Sandringham from late dec through mid February. Going from Sandringham direct to Windsor through Ascot would give 6 months for any major renovations.
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:18 PM
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I think you will have to imagine it, because the parts that the tourists visit in the summer are the parts that need renovating. A couple of years can be managed and then everyone will come back because of the new improved BP. Logistically - its the only way.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:08 PM
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Wouldn't it make more sense to fix what wrong with BP in one shot instead of closing for 2 months in August and September for 5 years? It maybe that there is so much that needs to fixed that there isn't a enough money for it too be done in one shot. I think there is a similar problem with the Palace of Westminster .

Either way the royal collection will lose money from either the summer opening in BP not happening or Windsor's state rooms closed for palace functions
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:14 PM
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They'll lose even more money if someone gets injured.

I dont know all the ins and outs but I would think there are real limitations on moving out of BP entirely for a time. A rolling programme is probably the only approach. The logistics will be a nightmare because of the various functions managed from the building.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:25 AM
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The Queen gets a £2million pay rise | Royal | News | Daily Express

£38m a year for our glorious Queen? What an absolute bargain.

The Queen's income from the taxpayer will rise to £38million because of a deal linking the Royal Household's Sovereign Grant from the Government to 15 per cent of the profits of the Crown Estate property portfolio.

The Crown Estate, which is nominally owned by the monarch but has sent all its profits to the Treasury since 1760, said yesterday it made a record £252.6million in the year to March - an increase of five per cent. It is the second year running that the Queen has enjoyed a big increase in taxpayer funding thanks to the Crown Estate.

Under a deal introduced by Chancellor George Osborne in 2012, the payout started at £31million and rose to £36million in April this year. She was previously paid by taxpayers through the Civil List, an allowance set by Parliament, and other Government grants.

Using £2.3million of additional cash held in a reserve fund, she spent £33.3million of taxpayers' money on official expenditure in her Diamond Jubilee year - £900,000 more than the previous year. The accounts show the Queen gave her staff a small pay rise last year "to improve morale in Diamond Jubilee year" after two years of a wage freeze. She expects to give her staff a similar rise of about one per cent this year but senior aides are still negotiating with union representatives. The accounts show the Queen gave her staff a small pay rise last year "to improve morale in Diamond Jubilee year" after two years of a wage freeze. She expects to give her staff a similar rise of about one per cent this year but senior aides are still negotiating with union representatives. In spite of a busy year of travelling for the Jubilee, the cost of royal travel fell by £500,000 to £4.5million.

Royal aides plan to use the latest windfalls from the Crown Estate to help ease a £40million backlog of repair work to the Queen's homes. Profits were up thanks to overseas interest in its central London properties and investment in wind farms. Its £8.1billion property portfolio includes the UK seabed and Regent Street in London's West End.
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Just once I would like to see a newspaper explain that none of this is considered a salary for the monarch and that it is in fact a budget amount for the official expenses of the monarchy......just like any other government department has a budget for each year except that in the case of the monarchy the money does not come from direct taxation.
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Just once I would like to see a newspaper explain that none of this is considered a salary for the monarch and that it is in fact a budget amount for the official expenses of the monarchy
That would be accurate reporting, and newspapers don't do that over her.
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Just once I would like to see a newspaper explain that none of this is considered a salary for the monarch and that it is in fact a budget amount for the official expenses of the monarchy......just like any other government department has a budget for each year except that in the case of the monarchy the money does not come from direct taxation.
But government departments are not getting increases - that's the problem. Like it or loathe it, we are a welfare state and it is being cut back and cut back again; the public sector are not getting pay rises and on it goes.

There are some negative comments across the media about HMQ - and that hasn't happened in quite a while.

And what has really got me riled today is how little the press have covered PoWs costs when his costs from the public purse have gone down by 48% and his charities have generated £139m.

Really biased reporting.
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But government departments are not getting increases - that's the problem. Like it or loathe it, we are a welfare state and it is being cut back and cut back again; the public sector are not getting pay rises and on it goes.

There are some negative comments across the media about HMQ - and that hasn't happened in quite a while.

And what has really got me riled today is how little the press have covered PoWs costs when his costs from the public purse have gone down by 48% and his charities have generated £139m.

Really biased reporting.
Daily Mail and the Telegraph have Charles related articles, they're not 'glowing' only skimmed them but they are there. Nothing positive is every going to be said when it involves money and the royals. The headlines will always be The Queen gets a pay rise, Charles spends this etc!
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Just once I would like to see a newspaper explain that none of this is considered a salary for the monarch and that it is in fact a budget amount for the official expenses of the monarchy......just like any other government department has a budget for each year except that in the case of the monarchy the money does not come from direct taxation.
I Agree. Some Republicans on anti-monarchy pages (which i don't like or comment on as I don't want to waste my time with them but I still read for a good laughs) Don't seem to understand that or don't get it at all. Some think It mean the Queen is getting a salary raise for just her own personal good and use which is not true. Maybe if the paper explained things much mire accurately. They don't seem to ever list the cost of maintaing the PM and his travel, entertainment, etc.
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