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The Outrageous Amounts Of Money It Costs To Run The Royal Estates

Updated 4 Sep 2019 10.3k votes 1.5k voters 56.5k views10 items

List RulesVote up the expenses you think are reasonable, and vote down the wasteful ones that make you shake your head.

The true cost of the royal family is an incredibly complex matter, with public and private funds factoring into their value, but the cost of keeping up royal palaces is - without a doubt - very expensive. The Queen gets paid in tax dollars thanks to the Sovereign Grant, which gives her finances to pay for travel, palace upkeep, and payroll expenses. But the sheer cost to run Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Holyrood Palace, and other estates is staggering. The buildings date back centuries and continue to be used as workplaces and residences for royals, for countless ceremonies throughout the year, and are visited by hundreds of thousands of people annually. With all the tourism they drum up some of these expenses might make sense - you've got to spend money to make money, after all - but are all these millions of pounds worth the pay off? Vote below and let us know what you think!

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