Letter: Royal funds

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Royal funds

Regarding your leader "Listen to Australia, look at Holland: get on your bike, Ma'am" (14 February), information about the Queen's money has been available to the public for years through the Palace publication Royal Finances and is also available in annual reports on Grant-in-aid expenditure and the Royal Collection. What still needs detailed accounting for is the government expenditure of surplus Crown Estate revenue, which last year rose to almost pounds 103m, and is always taken by the Treasury in exchange for a Civil List fixed at only pounds 7.9m, less than one-eighth of the present total.

JENNIFER MILLER

London SW15

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