BRITAIN: A Salary Fit for a Queen

"They're very good value. What do they cost? A penny a month, a day . . . ? You won't even be able to pee for that when decimals come in."

—The Duke of Bedford

The Duke of Bedford has been proved right. Public toilets cost a new British penny (2.4¢), but maintaining the monarchy costs each of Britain's 55 million citizens less than that a year. Still, the value of the monarchy and how much it ought to cost was the hottest issue in Britain last week.

Regal Cheek. The controversy flared after...

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