GREAT BRITAIN: Raises For Royalty

Queen Elizabeth II surprised Parliament last May by sending a "gracious message" to Westminster asking for a raise in her allowance. In an age when most of her subjects take an annual wage increase for granted, the Queen was struggling to run the royal household on a budget of $1,187,500 that had not been increased since she succeeded to the throne in 1952. During that time, wages in Britain had increased 126% and prices by 74%; last year, expenditures for the royal household exceeded the allowance by $675,000. which Her Majesty had to make up from other sources of...

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