LETTER: Royal mint

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Contrary to Jennifer Miller's assertion (Letters, 25 February) that the state makes a profit on the monarchy by "pocketing" the revenues of the Crown Estates, the opposite is the case. Ms Miller is also somewhat economical with the truth in presenting the matter as one of complete altruism on the part of the monarchy.

The monarchy gave up the revenues of the Crown Estates in exchange for a guaranteed income and the maintenance of its privileges. In addition, the state had to assume responsibility for the costs and expenses of the various offices of state, the civil service and the upkeep of numerous palaces, houses and other establishments as well as myriad other costs and benefits which have been much added to over the years.

The true cost of the monarchy leaves the state in considerable deficit, and one that is not wholly monetary.

mark unsworth

Sproxton, Leicestershire