Originally Posted by Susan D
I know that they have cut flowers and the butlers in livery but I wonder what the money is for! Also, I presume that Queen Maxima's UN work is paid for by the UN.
Until March (when Covid started) the Netherlands enjoyed years of structural State Budget surplusses and a fast shrinking National Debt, ticking all positive boxes of one of the most solvable EU member states with the most sound economies, for decades enjoying a triple A rating on all financial benchmarks.
Not one euro has been cut on the budget of the Royal House, so where that story comes from that they have to cut in flowers and footmen ("butlers")?
All Royal Houses have similar budgets. But the Dutch are the most open and transparant, so also "the most expensive". The so-called "cheapest monarchy" Spain has the grandest palaces but the costs are budgeted under the Patrimonio Nacional and not under the Casa Real.
Well, if the Dutch would do the same, they would "save" 35 million on housing alone. But no, it is designated for use by the Royal House so the costs are correctly allocated to the costs of the monarchy.