Vive la Republic!!!


HER MAJ gets £7.9 million a year by the state to do her job.

A lot of this money is spent on paying her staff’s wages at her various palaces and offices. £350,000 of this is paid to her husband as an annual salary for doing his essential work of walking around, shaking hands, and making racist jokes.

If you times it up for the last 60-years it’s quite a bundle…

Especially considering she is minted (ahem, sorry) anyway…her personal fortune is £1.9 billion…give or take a quid…
The state also gives the queen about £30 million a year (through two ‘gifts in aid’) to pay for the maintenance of her palaces and to cover her travel expenses, just to make sure that she doesn’t have to dip into her own pockets for such things.

Furthermore the state spends an estimated £100 million a year on policing and security for the Queen and the royal family.

On top of all these payments, the state also pays for the expenses of Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and other royals in their various official capacities. Prince Andrew also holds a separate position as a trade envoy for the UK.

In 2011 he spent £620,000 of taxpayer’s money in this capacity.

Princes William (28) and Harry (26) already have personal fortunes of £43 million each. They will in future inherit the incomes of the Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall, etc.

I think France had the right idea…

 

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21 responses to “Vive la Republic!!!

  1. And you want us to have someone like Sarkozy ?
    I would bet if you could find how much Obama costs the U.S., and don’t forget that he and his family will need protection for the rest of their lives, there will not be much of a saving.

  2. Though, in all fairness, they do generate considerable income in tourism and overseas investment. They also do considerable work for charity and are possibly the last bastion of “britishness” left.

    Besides, what’s the alternative mate? (which would probably cost just as much, do little for charity or tourism).

    President Blair?

    • At least we would have voted… can you see a black queen on the throne?

      Mmmm…

      Not in my life time…

      Britishness?!?!?! German-ness you mean…

      I suspect that Middleton and Spencer were chosen as much for their pedigree (not so much Middleton lol) as for their suitability…

      At least the boys have half-Engish DNA… (one has 100% I suspect…)

      The other thing I can’t see will be Charles’ jubilee… lol

      • I just can’t agree with you mate to be honest. I’d rather see the royal family than some other corrupt politician as the head of state. I think they do more good than harm.

        I agree, you don’t see the queen wandering around the palace grounds, but then again Obama isn’t casually walking into Walmart is he?

    • The other thing is…

      tourism is a red herring…

      People go to France …they killed their family.

      Also…

      Not all tourism is in London you know…lol

      PS…Seen the Queen lately? I’ve lived here all my life in London for some of it…

      Never seen her once.

      As I say…

      People go to see the tower… not her maj…

  3. Bootneckinblue

    I appreciate your point of view shijuro. But surely you have to admit that the Her Majesty makes ten fold back for the British Economy. Head of the commonwealth, our exclusive trade rights and not to mention all the business she creates with the hob nobbing of foreign diplomats and business leaders. Vive la republic? I want less politicians not more.

    Btw, big fan of your page. Yours and gadgets are the only ones I read!

    • People come to see the tower etc… not the Queen…

      Also… that figure is for the WHOLE country… you don’t see many monuments to the Q in Derby… or Wales…

      I’ve lived here all my life, served in the army and been in the police for 22-years and I’ve never seen her in person.

      The tourism argument is a red herring…

      Thanks for that though!

      I love Gadget’s page too! Clever bloke…

  4. Yes. It would be so much better to spend the money on a President, wouldn’t it? Perhaps the likely ones being Kinnock or Blair? After all, we can trust the politicians now, can’t we?

  5. Very glad to see that the manufactured and marketed nationalism of today hasn’t dented a bit of decent republicanism,

  6. As well as the £226.5m in 2009 the treasury got back from the Crown estates. Not to mention the unquantifiable yet presumably quite large amount they bring in through tourism.

    I’m not a fan of the royals but the argument that they cost us, taxpayers, money is simply not true.

    Being largely unaccountable relics from days that are long since gone, however…

    • People come to see the tower etc…not the Queen…

      Also… that figure is for the WHOLE country… you don’t see many monuments to the Q in Derby… or Wales…

      I’ve lived here all my life, served in the army and been in the police for 22-years and I’ve never seen her in person.

      The tourism argument is a red herring…

  7. Booo, poor show.

    Some of us know the value of our heritage. How much is wasted on the benefits culture

    • We did it once… Cromwell was right…

      Then it went wrong again and we will now never get rid of the vampires…

      The ben-class is a valid point…

      But the Queen has a personal fortune of £1.8 BILLION!!!!

      She did not earn it.
      She did not grow a company to get it…
      She did not invent anything…
      The buildings people come to see are ours…not hers…
      The money in her bank is ours.

      The difference between a swamp dweller and the queen is the amount of money we give them…

  8. Last year tourism in this country was worth over £2.3 billion. Quite a lot of this was due to the fact that we have a Royal family with all the associated castles, palaces, pageantry, etc. This figure is estimated to be exceeded by several times this year due to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Prince Charles more or less lives off the income from the Duchy of Cornwall and central funds are used when he takes on official functions at home and overseas. Apart from Andrew and the failed Marine, the main members of the Royal family bring in much more than they cost – and remember the day to day frugality of the Queen with her breakfast cereal in tupperware containers. If the Royal Family were disposed of, who would be a suitable alternative? There isn’t one. The candidates would obviously be politicians whose main aim in life is to be elected every 5 years or so and sod everything else. Can you imagine the turnout we had yesterday if it was David Cameron’s or Tony Blair’s anniversary as head of state? As a died in the wool Royalist, I regret we must agree to differ on this one.

  9. You could always move to a republic?

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