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William And Kate's Kensington Palace Refit Costs £1M

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jun/27/kensington-palace-refit

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's colourful Singapore and south Pacific tour set the taxpayer back £370,590 in travel costs, including the price of a reconnaissance trip by royal staff.

Prince Charles racked up a £235,325 travel bill for charter flights on an eight-day Middle-East tour. He was also the highest spender on the royal train – notorious for being the most expensive form of royal travel per mile. A two-day trip from Ayr to Liverpool, Stoke-on-Trent, Northampton and Peterborough cost £33,547, and another from Highgrove to Bishop Auckland, Alnmouth and Kings Lynn totalled £34,547.

Princess Anne, regarded as the thriftiest royal, spent £42,176 on a return scheduled flight from Heathrow to Johannesburg for an official jubilee visit. Pressed on why, royal aides said that she, her husband Sir Tim Laurence, a private secretary and a lady-in-waiting had all travelled first class, while her dresser and a "web manager" were in business class.

Prince Andrew flew on a charter to attend the funeral of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia at a cost of £86,092. It emerged that a government minister had hitched a lift but paid only the cost of a scheduled ticket. "It wasn't a case of saying: 'If you're coming, £43,000 is yours,'" joked an aide.

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We should rent out William and Kate's apartment to some rich foreigners - the taxpayer probably could get a million a month back. Stick WIll and Kate in their farmhouse in Wales if they want to do the army thing.

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As the BBC covered it (or so it seemed to me):

The Queen's income is increasing fairly substantially, but she has a lot of maintenance to pay for on various residences.

In essence, we're not to get too concerned about the increase because the extra money will only have to be spent on all those huge palaces, country houses and estates the Royals all live in and on. So, it all kind of balances... or something.

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So people get upset at public sector cuts, then get upset at public sector spending?

Decide people, cuts or no cuts.

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The way this news is presented is the upkeep of sprawling public monuments, with the Queen herself living in comparatively modest accommodation. The Royal Family in future decades should opening up their land more to the public though.

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The way this news is presented is the upkeep of sprawling public monuments, with the Queen herself living in comparatively modest accommodation. The Royal Family in future decades should opening up their land more to the public though.

Much in the same way that the Royal PR promotes Wills and Kate as having 'the common touch' and being no different to the rest of us... then every so often the Daily Mail slips up by showing us some lavish party or wedding they have attended that seems to be solely attended by sloanes, ex members of Eton and Harrow, sons and daughters of billionaires, etc, etc.

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Much in the same way that the Royal PR promotes Wills and Kate as having 'the common touch' and being no different to the rest of us... then every so often the Daily Mail slips up by showing us some lavish party or wedding they have attended that seems to be solely attended by sloanes, ex members of Eton and Harrow, sons and daughters of billionaires, etc, etc.

With all the cash being paid to the serving lads and wenches. All the suppliers probably do nicely out of it too.

Funny how if someone loaded spends silly money it's extravagant, and simultaneously 'trickle down' doesn't work.

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With all the cash being paid to the serving lads and wenches.

I doubt the serving lads and wenches will be retiring on the proceeds.

'Trickle down' is elitist bullsh*t for the overpriviliged to justify their extravagance, when they do not earn the money they trickle through hard honest productive work. Think of it more as p***ing on the people below them who have to work, and for a pittance.

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With all the cash being paid to the serving lads and wenches. All the suppliers probably do nicely out of it too.

Funny how if someone loaded spends silly money it's extravagant, and simultaneously 'trickle down' doesn't work.

Wasn't there a story last week about the staff at the wedding venue allegedly being told to take unpaid leave during the wedding as outside caterers were allegedly brought in?

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With all the cash being paid to the serving lads and wenches. All the suppliers probably do nicely out of it too.

Boy, you've so never had to do anything like that for a living.

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Much in the same way that the Royal PR promotes Wills and Kate as having 'the common touch' and being no different to the rest of us... then every so often the Daily Mail slips up by showing us some lavish party or wedding they have attended that seems to be solely attended by sloanes, ex members of Eton and Harrow, sons and daughters of billionaires, etc, etc.

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Would you really expect them to do anything else?

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Boy, you've so never had to do anything like that for a living.

Done enough to know its crap at the bottom. Also done enough to know it paid my rent that month and filled my guts with beer.

Work is work, just because it's being done to make some people have a good time doesn't make it any less valid as work. Would you really rather they sat on the cash, counting all the little gold coins running through their fingers as they laugh inanely?

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2351728/Charles-tax-storm-MP-compares-Prince-Starbucks-calls-pay-more.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Prince Charles is today facing calls to pay his ‘fair’ share of tax after his financial arrangements were compared by a leading MP to ‘immoral’ tax avoiders Starbucks.

Margaret Hodge, chairman of the powerful Commons Public Accounts Committee, demanded an overhaul of Charles’s tax arrangements which mean he only ‘voluntarily’ pays income tax.

His lucrative Duchy of Cornwall estate is exempt from corporation tax and capital gains tax.

Labour MP Mrs Hodge, who will next month hold a parliamentary hearing into the Prince’s tax affairs, compared the arrangements to those of the coffee shop chain Starbucks.

She once branded the company ‘immoral’ for reportedly paying just £8.6 million in corporation tax in 14 years of trading in Britain, although it agreed to pay £20 million after the outcry.

She said the heir to the throne should be required by law to pay income tax, while the Duchy should pay taxes in the same way as other businesses.

Mrs Hodge said: ‘We’ve just had the example of Starbucks voluntarily agreeing to pay £20 million in corporation tax, and while the payment of some tax is welcome, I don’t think anybody should pay a voluntary contribution.

'It should be a fair system that is transparent and is set and you pay your dues. And I think that goes for everybody.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2351728/Charles-tax-storm-MP-compares-Prince-Starbucks-calls-pay-more.html#ixzz2XjuHZmfS

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Well I think our monarchy (in principle, not necessarily all of the individuals) is great. Without it our career politicians would be head's of state. I do not begrudge a penny spent on it.

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Well I think our monarchy (in principle, not necessarily all of the individuals) is great. Without it our career politicians would be head's of state. I do not begrudge a penny spent on it.

Said it many, many times - when did you hear the queen dissent about anything our elected representatives get up to? She actually acts as an endorsement for all kinds of filth. She could have spoken up over the expenses scandal, for instance, if it wouldn't have exposed her as an almighty hypocrite.

Is that you volunteering to pay my share of the bill then?

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these Royals may well not pay tax....but...do they even spend any of the money they have or earn?

What they do spend is mostly on wages and infrastructure, so it goes straight back into the economy.

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What they do spend is mostly on wages and infrastructure, so it goes straight back into the economy.

those are tax deductables in any case.

Never seen Charles in a corner shop buying a pack of Mintola. If he wanted some, theyd send him a case gratis, and add by Royal Appointment to the pack.

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What they do spend is mostly on wages and infrastructure, so it goes straight back into the economy.

Why not just leave it in the economy in the first place then?

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