Queen Elizabeth II catches flakes on Twitter and in the press to be "out of touch" after delivering her annual Christmas gift at Buckingham Palace with a sumptuous gold piano behind her.
"Oh, the Queen's message. I love to scream at an old publicly funded billionaire with a gold piano that we should all be happier and less angry," a New Zealand resident wrote.
Others poked fun on the rebellion. "Oh no, they'll find out that the Queen is a rich hereditary monarch," wrote Josh Barro, a column for New York Magazine.
The Queen's personal wealth amounts to at least $ 520 million, which is most of everyone in the family, Wealth-X estimates. The private wealth of all family members together would be over $ 1 billion.
The royal family cost Britain about $ 96 million in 2018 through Sovereign Grant. It is not a violent individual burden – it comes out to less than a pound per taxpayer per year – but it can still rape people up. Grant currently includes $ 38 million for the renovation of Buckingham Palace, which has 775 rooms.
The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May was estimated to cost $ 40 million, including security. The campaign group Republic, which requires the abolition of the monarchy, circulated a petition that urged the government to reveal how much taxpayer money would be spent on the wedding.
"Taxpayers should not fund a private wedding, no matter who gets married," said the petition. It achieved over 35,000 signatures.
Supporters of the royal family argued that, given the attention and tourism attracted to the wedding, the event would pay for itself. In fact, the consulting firm Brand Finance estimated in 2017 that the family brings in $ 2.27 billion to the UK economy every year.
Regardless of the overall impact of the monarchy in the countryside, it is clear that not everyone appreciates their existence, and the royal family may have less leeway to make mistakes or get rid of as deaf deaf. As the feminist website Mary Sue says, "The Queen and the Monarchy are filthy rich and many, many struggling. When we may have looked at the piano with admiration as a symbol of power and wealth, but in our present environment it feels indecent."
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