In a poll of 3,436 Express.co.uk readers, held from January 7 to 10, 58 percent of voters said the royal budget should be decreased, compared to 41 percent who thought it should not, and one percent of voters were not sure. One reader, Alf, said: “They are not worthy any longer, the Monarchy has had its day. People are having to choose between food or heating. Whilst Royals have become a decadent, corrupt family of self-entitlement at taxpayers’ expense.”
Alf and many other readers were infuriated by the Queen’s decision to go ahead and honour Sir Tony Blair with a knighthood. A voter nicknamed ‘London Town’ said: “ I did love our Queen Elizabeth, but after giving Tony Blair a knighthood and the royalty scandal, I am afraid I have got no time for the Royal Family.”
While another reader asked: “For what purpose would anyone want to pay for the upkeep of one of the richest families in the world?”
But Her Majesty’s fans lept to her defence, riled and ready for debate.
Michwell remarked: “Leave our Queen’s money alone! She’s worth every penny.”
The £85.9million Sovereign Grant covers official travel, property maintenance, and operating cost of The Queen’s household.
The Sovereign Grant is provided by HM Treasury, and in exchange for this public support, Her Majesty gives the revenue from The Crown Estate to the Government.
This amounted to £345 million in 2019-2020 – more than four times the amount taxpayers’ spend on the Sovereign Grant.
The Queen, 95, also received approximately £25million from income raised by her private estate, the Duchy of Lancaster, in 2019/2020.
Buckingham Palace alone, with its 775 rooms, 77,000 square metres of floor space and swimming pool, costs £1.1million per year to power.
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