Letters: Royal economies

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Sir: In holding the Japanese imperial family up as a shining example, Peter Martin (letter, 14 August) seems unaware that here considerable reductions in royal staff numbers have already been made since the last war, and now published reports on palace spending show that great economies have been achieved.

Recently the Queen has volunteered to pay income tax (in addition to the indirect taxation to which she was always liable) and has undertaken the burden of the Civil List payments to all her relatives, except her husband and mother. It would be quite unreasonable to begrudge the hard- working and deservedly popular Princess Anne her title of Princess Royal.


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