The Royal Household


2011-2012 £m
The Queen’s Civil List 13.6
Property Services 12.2
Communications and Information 0.4
Royal Travel 6.1
Total 32.3

The Queen’s official expenditure is met from public funds in exchange for the surrender by The Queen of the revenue from the Crown Estate. In the year to 31 March 2011, Crown Estate income surrendered amounted to £231 million.

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  1. shinichi Post author

    Head of State expenditure is the official expenditure relating to The Queen’s duties as Head of State and Head of the Commonwealth.

    Head of State expenditure is met from public funds in exchange for the surrender by The Queen of the revenue from the Crown Estate.

    Head of State expenditure excludes the costs of Police and Army security and of Armed Services ceremonial, as figures are not available.

    Every year the Royal Household publishes an Annual Summary of Head of State expenditure, together a full report on Royal public finances.

  2. shinichi Post author

    The Queen’s duties as Head of State include:

    • undertaking constitutional duties, for example the State Opening of Parliament, regular audiences with the Prime Minister, meetings of the Privy Council, giving Royal Assent to legislation and approving many appointments;

    • fulfilling constitutional responsibilities in relation to the Scottish Parliament and, where appropriate, the Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies;

    • carrying out State and Royal Visits overseas and receiving State and Official visitors to the United Kingdom;

    • receiving credentials from foreign Heads of Mission; and

    • presenting honours at Investitures.

    In addition, the role of The Queen, supported by members of the Royal Family, extends more widely than these formal duties and includes:

    • providing a focus for national identity, unity and pride (for example on Remembrance
    Sunday and at times of national celebration or tragedy);

    • providing a sense of stability and continuity (for example by participating in traditional ceremonies such as Trooping the Colour);

    • recognising success, achievement and excellence (for example through visits, receptions and awards); and

    • contributing through public service and the voluntary sector to the life of the nation; in this area The Queen is particularly supported by the work of other members of the Royal Family (for example The Prince’s Trust and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme).


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