The Sovereign Grant which covers the running costs of the Queen's Household and the maintenance of the royal palaces in England as well as the cost of royal travel for official engagements in the UK and overseas, will increase by £5 million next year.
- The figure has increased from the £31 million allocated during the previous 12 months - which included an extra £1 million to cover the costs of the Diamond Jubilee.
- Under the new grant the Queen receives 15% of the profits from the Crown Estate, two years in arrears.
- The Queen's official expenditure increased from £32.1 million in 2010/11 to £32.3 million in 2011/12.
- Around £10 million is spent on the salaries of the Queen's staff, from footmen and chefs to gardeners.
The Crown Estate's 2011/12 accounts revealed profits of £240.2 million and the final figure for the grant was rounded up to £36.1 million - very close to the estimated amount - by the Royal Trustees in December.
Royal accounts released last year showed the cost to the taxpayer of supporting the monarchy rose marginally during 2011/12.
The figure for official expenditure does not include the cost of providing security and police protection for members of the monarchy.