Queen's Jubilee Year Cost UK Taxpayers $50.7M

That's an extra $1.4M more than the year prior

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 27, 2013 10:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – We're hoping that Britons enjoyed Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee year—because it ran taxpayers about $1.4 million more than the year before. The long-reigning monarch's official bottom line expenses came in at $50.7 million, according to royal finances. Where did the additional money go? Mainly to the upkeep of royal buildings and staff, according to Sky News. The figure shows a "real terms reduction in expenditure on supporting the Queen's official duties," the Keeper of the Privy Purse says. A few breakdowns on royal spending, courtesy of the public coffers:

  • Payroll: Rose from $26.6 million to $27.8 million
  • Property maintenance: All those castles and country estates aren't cheap. They went from $13.5 million to $13.8 million.
  • Travel: Fell from $7.6 million to $6.8 million.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks up and waves to members of staff of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office as she ends an official visit which is part of her Jubilee celebrations in London.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II looks up and waves to members of staff of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office as she ends an official visit which is part of her Jubilee celebrations in London.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant Pool, file)
In this June 5, 2012 file photo, revelers on the Mall in London watch Britain Queen Elizabeth II appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony as part of a four-day Diamond Jubilee celebration.
In this June 5, 2012 file photo, revelers on the Mall in London watch Britain Queen Elizabeth II appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony as part of a four-day Diamond Jubilee celebration.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)
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