Monarchy cost rises to £33.3m

The cost to the taxpayer of supporting the monarchy rose by £900,000 to £33.3 million during the last financial year, Buckingham Palace accounts showed.

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William and Kate's Asia tour was most expensive

The Buckingham Palace accounts, which were released today, showed that taxpayers paid £33.3 million for the monarchy.

Here are some of the costs:

  • Official air and rail travel at home and abroad fell by £500,000 to £4.5 million.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's tour of south east Asia and the South Pacific was the most expensive foreign tour, costing almost £370,000.
  • Payroll costs have increased from £17.5 million to £18.3 million.
  • There was an increase in spending on property maintenance - from £8.9 million to £9.1 million.
  • The accounts revealed that a £1 million had been spent on making William and Kate's new Kensington Palace apartment habitable.
  • Some £600,000 was spent on internal refurbishments and £400,000 on repairing and renewing the apartment's roof.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's trip to south Asia and the south Pacific was the most expensive foreign tour. Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Archive

The taxpayer funds used to pay for official air and rail travel at home and abroad for members of the Royal Family fell by £500,000 from £5 million in 2011/12 to £4.5 million in 2012/13.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's tour of south east Asia and the south Pacific was the most expensive foreign tour, costing almost £370,000.

Sir Alan Reid, Keeper of the Privy Purse, said: "In the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, the Royal Household has achieved a real terms reduction in expenditure on supporting the Queen's official duties.

"The Royal Household has continued to reduce its expenditure funded by the taxpayer in successive years since 2008/09, achieving a real-terms reduction of 24% over the last five years."