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The figures also detail such items as £11,000 a year on crockery and cutlery. Now the British public is sure to understand about a few breakages, but what’s happening to the cutlery? Are adoring fans stealing it from garden parties? Are the staff making off with it? Perhaps the royal household needs to learn a few lessons on cost control.

And on the subject of value for money, the Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael of Kent seems to be getting a pretty good deal at someone’s expense. He pays #69 a week rent for his five-bedroom flat at Kensington Palace.

Suddenly that royal estate revenue begins to look somewhat deflated.

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