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The Queen and Royal Family’s biggest expenditures as Firm spends £69m on duties

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Key figures from the Royal Accounts have been unveiled – including how much taxpayers funded their travel.

The new data reveals how much money was spent on official engagements abroad attended by members of the royal family in the space of a year.

A total of £69.4 million of taxpayer funds went on official duties such as travel, as well as other costs including staff, hospitality and property maintenance – a rise of £2.4m or 4% from £67m in 2018/2019.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s 10-day trip to nations such as Botswana and South Africa was the most expensive in the royal accounts published on Thursday night – costing taxpayers £245,000.

The cost of a chartered flight taken by the Duke of York to attend a golf championship in Northern Ireland was announced as £15,848.

And £117,116 was how much was spent on travel for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of Pakistan.

See below for the full list of key figures

As the figures were published, it was reported that the Queen is facing a £35 million shortfall in funding because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

But the monarch has vowed not to ask the Government for a bailout from taxpayers.

The UK government has confirmed it will top up the Queen’s income to meet any shortfall in profits and make sure her sovereign grant remains at its current level, the Independent reports.

“In the event of a reduction in the Crown Estate’s profits, the sovereign grant is set at the same level as the previous year,” a spokesperson told the newspaper.

£82.4m – The total taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant, made up of £49.4 million for the “core” funding and an extra £33m for the reservicing of Buckingham Palace.

£69.4m – Taxpayer funds spent by the monarchy on official duties such as travel, as well as other costs including staff, hospitality and property maintenance – a rise of £2.4m or 4% from £67m in 2018/2019.

£22.2m – Charles’s annual private income from the Duchy of Cornwall landed estate.

£20m – Expected shortfall of funding for the 10-year £369m refurbishment of Buckingham Palace.

£15m – Expected shortfall of income over the next three years from the Royal Collection Trust that supplements the Sovereign Grant.

£13m – Held in reserve to pay for future phases of building works at Buckingham Palace.

£5.6m – The Prince of Wales’s bill for the Sussexes and the Cambridges’ activities, plus Charles’s other expenditure including his capital expenditure and transfer to reserves.

£5.3m – Cost of official royal travel, up 15% from £4.6m the previous year.

£4.86m – Charles’s tax bill.

£3.2m – Charles’s non-official expenditure.

£2.6m – Cost of housekeeping and hospitality, listed in the Buckingham Palace accounts.

£521,000 – Official costs of Charles’s London office and official residence Clarence House.

£245,643 – Cost to taxpayer for flights for Harry and Meghan tour to Southern Africa.

£210,345 – Cost of chartered flight by Charles to Oman following the death of Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

£117,116 – Travel for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of Pakistan.

£16,440 – The Princess Royal’s chartered flight costs to Rome to watch a Six Nations’ rugby match.

£15,848 – Cost of chartered flight taken by the Duke of York to attend a golf championship in Northern Ireland.

139,000 – Guests welcomed by the Queen and royal family at royal residences.

3,200 – Engagements by royals in the UK and overseas.

488 – Full-time equivalent staff paid for from the Sovereign Grant, with the wage bill coming to £24.4 million.

296 – Official duties carried out by the Queen in the last year.

114 – Charles’s full-time equivalent official staff including 1.3 full-time butlers, 4.4 chefs, 2.5 valets and dressers, three chauffeurs and 8.2 house managers and housekeeper staff.

£1.23 – Cost per person in the UK of funding the total Sovereign Grant.

74p – Cost per person of the “core” part of the Sovereign Grant for official duties – not including funds for the long-term Buckingham Palace works.

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