British Royals: Queen and her family work harder and cost taxpayers less than their European counterparts

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The British monarchy works harder and costs the taxpayer less than its European counterparts, according to a study.

The constitutional unit of University College London found that only Belgian and Spanish royal families cost less per capita, the Times reported.

In 2017-18, the sovereign grant was £ 75.1million, or £ 1.14 per person, according to The Role of the Monarchy in Modern Democracy.

The grant is taxpayer money that funds the official activities of the Royal Family – and is partially funded by profits from the Queen’s Crown Estate.

The British Royal Family (pictured on the balcony of Buckingham Palace last June) is better value for money than its European counterparts, study finds

The British royal family was also found to be making more engagements than those across the Channel.

Belgium costs were slightly less than £ 0.95 (€ 1.04) and Spain costs were only £ 0.16 (€ 0.17) as only the King and Queen make the commitments .

Bob Morris, of the Unity of the Constitution, writes in the book: “The Spanish figure. . . represents the most recent of monarchies and a desire to avoid overspending.

The Norwegian Royal Family is pictured at a garden party during the Royal Silver Jubilee Tour on June 23, 2016 in Trondheim, Norway. Norway's small population of just over five million means its royal family is costing its citizens £ 4.99 (€ 5.46) per capita

The Norwegian Royal Family is pictured at a garden party during the Royal Silver Jubilee Tour on June 23, 2016 in Trondheim, Norway. Norway’s small population of just over five million means its royal family is costing its citizens £ 4.99 (€ 5.46) per capita

Europe’s hardest-working royals
PaysRang Last name EventsPer day
Britain1Princess royal4471.2
Britain2Prince of Wales3981.1
Norway3King3491.0
Norway4Heir prince3270,9
Britain5The Queen2830,8

“None of the monarchs since 1976 have, for example, occupied the royal palace, and King Felipe reduced his payment on the civil list by 20% when he joined in 2014.”

Sweden costs the same as Great Britain, Denmark costs £ 1.75 (€ 1.92) and the Netherlands is £ 1.95 (€ 2.14).

Norway’s small population of just over five million means its royal family costs its citizens £ 4.99 (€ 5.46) per capita.

The Sovereign Grant from the British Royal Family currently includes an additional payment, made over ten years, for renovations to Buckingham Palace.

In seven years, taxpayer funding will drop to 60%. 100 of what it would have been at that time.

In 2018, the British Royal Family made 3,793 engagements, including overseas visits.

The Swedish Royal Family: Princess Sofia, Queen Silvia, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Princess Estelle, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden attend a concert hosted by Lilla Akademien, a children's music school, at the Vasa theater on February 13 in Stockholm

The Swedish Royal Family: Princess Sofia, Queen Silvia, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Princess Estelle, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden attend a concert hosted by Lilla Akademien, a children’s music school, at the Vasa theater on February 13 in Stockholm

In contrast, the Belgian royal family made a total of 468, the Norwegians 696, the Swedes 843 and the Spaniards 290.

Britain has a higher number of active royals – with 15 enrolled in 2018. In contrast, Belgium enrolled 12; Norway four; Sweden seven and Spain only two.

The Sovereign Grant report for 2019-2020 said: “The Royal Family have made nearly 3,200 engagements a year across the UK and abroad – far more than the Queen could undertake on her own.

“The activities of the royal family at large are vital in bringing the institution of the monarchy into direct and personal contact with all sections of society, including the disadvantaged and marginalized.

How much do royal families cost?
Monarchy ofActive membersCost to the statePer inhabitant
Norway426,4 M €5,5 €
Netherlands340,1 M €2,1 €
Denmark611,0 M €1,9 €
Britain1584,6 M €1,3 €
Sweden76,3 M €1,3 €
Belgium1211,8 M €1,0 €
Spain37,8 M €0,2 €
In the photo, King Felipe VI of Spain (second from left), his wife Queen Letizia (left), their daughters Princess Sofia (front left) and Princess Leonor (front right), former King Juan Carlos I (second from right) and his former wife Queen Sofia (right) in 2018

In the photo, King Felipe VI of Spain (second from left), his wife Queen Letizia (left), their daughters Princess Sofia (front left) and Princess Leonor (front right), former King Juan Carlos I (second from right) and his former wife Queen Sofia (right) in 2018

Dr Morris has revealed that the British royal family are more likely than others to attend local events rather than focus on “high” functions.

It comes after it was revealed that Prince Charles planned to take the royals away from him, William, Kate and their children when he became king following Prince Andrew’s Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

Charles, 71, wants to reduce the number of active royals after the Duke of York was forced to resign over his ties to the convicted American padeophile.

The heir to the throne has long been keen to slim the royal family, but the Andrew scandal is said to have accelerated his plans, the Daily Star reported last year.

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