Weird History The Outrageously Wasteful Amount Of Money It Costs To Run The Royal Estates Will Make You So Angry  

Melissa Sartore
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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!

Buckingham Palace is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Outrageously Wasteful Amount Of Money It Costs To Run The Royal Estates Will Make You So Angry
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Buckingham Palace


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Balmoral Castle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Outrageously Wasteful Amount Of Money It Costs To Run The Royal Estates Will Make You So Angry
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Balmoral Castle


  • The Queen's private holiday palace in Scotland, Balmoral Castle costs more than £3 million to run each year
  • She offsets some of those expenses by renting out cottages that she owns nearby 

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Windsor Castle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Outrageously Wasteful Amount Of Money It Costs To Run The Royal Estates Will Make You So Angry
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Windsor Castle


  • Windsor Castle dates to the 11th century and William the Conqueror, although the stone structure was founded in the 12th century by King Henry II
  • The castle was expanded during the 14th century and remains the weekend residence of Queen Elizabeth II, located 30 miles outside of London
  • In 1992, there was a fire at Windsor Castle that either partially damaged or completely destroyed nine principle rooms and 100 other rooms (almost 100,000 square feet). It took 15 hours and 1.5 million gallons of water to put the fire out
  • After the fire, there were £37 million in damages to the castle and it took years to make the repairs
  • In 2011, £900,000 were spent to put a new lead roof on the Royal Library at Windsor Castle
  • In 2016, £27 million was allocated to revamp Windsor Castle to make it more accessible to visitors
  • During 2015 and 2016, Windsor Castle's North Terrace got a £1.3 million roof job
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Clarence House is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Outrageously Wasteful Amount Of Money It Costs To Run The Royal Estates Will Make You So Angry
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Clarence House


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