Taxpayers Pay Millions to the Royal Family. Here’s How They Spend It


The queen does pay taxes on her income. | Ben Stansall/Getty Images

British taxpayers pay millions of dollars for the royal family to carry out official business. Separate from personal fortunes and private incomes, the queen is awarded a yearly sovereign grant, so she and her family can continue to be, well, royal. The government provides this grant to the royal household to fund official duties. We combed through the Sovereign Grant Annual Report to uncover exactly how the royal family spends its taxpayer-funded dollars each year.

Exactly where do these millions come from?

The queen got a 78% raise on her income from 2016, going from 42.8 million pounds to 76.1 million pounds. (1 pound is about $1.34 as of December 2017.) Because the grant covers official expenditures, the queen is not legally required to pay income tax, capital gains tax, or inheritance tax. But the queen has paid tax voluntarily since 1992.

Regardless, the sovereign grant payouts are expected to remain higher than usual to fund a serious Buckingham Palace facelift. The aging electrical wiring, internal piping system, and heating units are in dire need of repair, CNN reports.

Read on for an in-depth look at how the royal family spends that sovereign grant, according to the 2016-17 report.

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