Britain's royal family was about to get a raise. A special parliamentary committee appointed to draw up a Civil List for the reign of Elizabeth II last week recommended an increase of $182,000 a year over George VI's allowance of $1,148,000. Even so, Elizabeth II* will be getting much less than her great-grandfather, Edward VII, did back in 1901 when the pound was worth three times as much.

Food bills at the various castles and palaces are up by $27,000 over 1937. The household staffs have been cut by 100 servants, but wages...

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