Queen Sought Poverty Money to Heat Palaces

Palace applied for funds earmarked for low-income families

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 24, 2010 2:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – An elderly British woman struggling with her heating bills who sought help from a government program to aid low-income families was told that, as queen, she wasn't the kind of individual the program was meant to assist. Ministers apologetically rejected Buckingham Palace's request for funds earmarked to help housing associations and hospitals implement energy-saving programs, according to documents obtained by the Independent.

The funds were intended to help people with low incomes, a minister explained. "I also feel a bit uneasy about the probable adverse press coverage if the palace were given a grant at the expense of, say, a hospital," he wrote in 2004. "Sorry this doesn't sound more positive." The British government, after other royal requests for more funds on top of the monarchy's annual $60 million allowance, gained more control over how it was spent, the trove of new documents has revealed. Click here for that story.

Finagling for funds.
Finagling for funds.   (AP Photo/Dylan Martinez, Pool)
Royal aides complained to the government that the Queen's heating bills had become untenable.
Royal aides complained to the government that the Queen's heating bills had become "untenable."   (Getty Images)
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