It emerged in the Budget last week that the nation feels unable to give the Queen the £7 million she badly needs to cover her household expenses. Unlike everyone else in the country, the Queen has not had a rise since 1990 - 20 years! - and her cash reserves, into which she at present is having to dip, will run out in two years' time (the year of her Diamond Jubilee).
The Queen receives an annual income (the Civil List) paid by the Government in return for handing over the income from the Royal Estates. The income from the Royal Estates is currently something like £226 million p.a. The royal palaces, and in particular Buckingham Palace, are seriously in need of an overhaul, and clearly this should not be paid by the Queen herself, but by the nation. However, it appears that we can't afford to keep our Head of State in a proper manner.
Meanwhile, we hand over £15 billion a year to the EU. This equates to £7 million every four hours, most of which disappears in madcap schemes, or into the pockets of corrupt politicians. It certainly does not benefit us. Perhaps we could hold back four hours' worth and pay it to the Queen instead?