Hey, Queen: Time To Sell Some Tiaras

Queen Elizabeth II’s household finances are at a “historic low” with just 1 million pounds left in reserve, even as the royal palaces are “crumbling” and in urgent need of repair. A report by the Commons public accounts committee found that the Queen’s advisers were failing to control her finances and her courtiers have been advised to take money-saving tips from the Treasury. Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle are reported to be in urgent need of repair. Staff must catch rain in buckets to protect art and antiquities. Of course, if the Queen sold two or three of her Old Master paintings there would be enough cash to fix the leaks and keep the heat on for years. But why do that if you can create an official sob story and have the people pay?

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