Even the Queen is taking cuts in the downturn as she accepts austerity cuts until 2015. 

 

The Queen is feeling the pinch in the recession just like the rest of us as she is to have a pay freeze until 2015. The Queen is sharing the financial burden.

 

Her pay dropped from £38.3million in 2008-2009 to £32.1million last year and she is currently in the middle of a two-year freeze which will hold her funding at £30million a year until April 2013.

 

With the new rule this will stay the same for an additional 2 years. This will mean she will be on course to have 6 years of successive pay cuts.

 

Also the old Civil List has been replaced with the Sovereign Grant.

 

This gives her 15% of the profits from the Crown Estate – her £7billion ­property portfolio which includes Regent Street, Windsor Great Park and more than half the UK’s coastline.

 

A Treasury briefing document says: “The grant levels envisaged in the early years are, in real terms, below what the Royal Household spent in every one of the last 20 years.”

 

This pay freeze will most likely mean a delay in the repairs of the Royal Residences which already has a long backlog.

 

There will also be no extra money from the taxpayers to pay for the Court of the Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge. The money needed to fund this will be met by the Prince Of Wales which is the current arrangement

Buckingham Palace is likely to boost its efforts to raise money from commercial sources, or to cut back on public appearances by the royal family.

 

Sir Alan Reid, keeper of the privy purse, warned last summer that it would be “very difficult for overall expenditure to fall much further without impacting on the Royal Household’s activities in support of the Queen and the long-term health of the estate.”

 

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The Queen’s role as Head Of The Church Of England may no longer be appropriate. 

 

MP’s have suggested that after the new changes to the succession laws, HM’s role as Head of the Church of England would no longer be appropriate.

 

As Roman Catholics would now be allowed to marry into the Royal Family the role of Head Of The Church Of England would potentially create a conflict of interest.

 

It said that if  an Heir was raised a Roman Catholic their role in the future within the Church Of England would ‘obviously be difficult’. Under the current laws the Monarch is required to ‘join in communions’ and promote Anglicism in Britain as her role of  Supreme Governor,

 

The report, by the political and constitutional reform committee, said: “The scenario does beg the question of whether it remains appropriate for the monarch to be required to be in communion with the Church of England.

“The most obvious difficulty in having a Catholic monarch – beyond the purely statutory obstacles – is the Crown’s role as supreme governor of the Church of England.” The MPs said that Parliament “may wish to consider” the current relationship between the monarch and the Church of England.

 

A spokesman for the Church of England said: “You can’t be Supreme Governor unless you are in communion with the Church of England.

“The sovereign should join in communion with the Church of England and it is integrally bound up with there continuing to be an established church, which is something that the Government has confirmed its commitment to.”

Dr Robert Morris, a constitutional expert from University College London, told the committee that the monarch’s role as Supreme Governor is essentially ceremonial

 

Graham Allen, chairman of the committee, said the report was “leaving the door open for the Government if they want more change”.

He added: “There could be more in this if the Government were prepared to ask us to go and delve into it a bit more.”

 

A change in the Succession was announced earlier this year shortly after the marriage of the Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge.  Under the amendments, the first-born child of the monarch will now be able to accede to the throne, whether a girl or boy. This would allow a firstborn daughter of the Duke and Duchess to take priority in the line of succession.

 

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Posted by mousiekins
Dated: 7th December 2011
Filled Under: Gossip, Roundup, Royalty