Cost of keeping Royal palaces up 45% in a year

The monarchy cost the taxpayer £35.7 million in the last tax year - of which a third was spent on maintaining palaces.

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Royal family cost taxpayers 56p each in a year

More than a third of the spending was on palace maintenance. Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

The monarchy cost the taxpayer £35.7 million in the last tax year - or 56p for each person in the country, Buckingham Palace accounts have revealed.

The Queen's official expenditure increased in actual terms by £2.4 million from the previous year, while the real terms rise was £1.9 million or 5.7%.

More than a third of the sovereign grant - the system of finance given from the public purse to support the official duties of the monarchy - was spent on maintaining palaces.

The accounts show spending on property maintenance increased by £4.2 million to £13.3 million - a real terms rise of 45% as the Royal Family attempted to tackle a "backlog" of restoration work.

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