privy purse


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privy purse

n (often capitals)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. (in Britain) an allowance voted by Parliament for the private expenses of the monarch: part of the civil list
b. (in other countries) a similar sum of money for the monarch
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an official of the royal household responsible for dealing with the monarch's private expenses. Full name: Keeper of the Privy Purse

priv′y purse`


n.
a sum from the public revenues allotted to the British sovereign for personal expenses.
[1655–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.privy purse - allowance for a monarch's personal expenses
allowance - an amount allowed or granted (as during a given period); "travel allowance"; "my weekly allowance of two eggs"; "a child's allowance should not be too generous"
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Because he would allow you a pension out of the king's privy purse, as soon as he becomes surintendant," said Aramis, preparing to leave as soon as he had dealt this last blow.
For more than a year I managed, unsuspected, to keep the Privy Purse fairly supplied by the exercise of my caricaturing abilities.
Messieurs de Lenoncourt, de Navarreins, de Verneuil, de Fontaine, and La Billardiere, to whom he was known, he said, obtained for him, from the king's privy purse, a pension of three hundred francs, and sent him, moreover, the cross of Saint- Louis.
There is the registrar below the judge, in wig and gown; and there are two or three maces, or petty- bags, or privy purses, or whatever they may be, in legal court suits.
Sir Michael, 51, whose official title is Keeper of the Privy Purse, has earned a reputation for penny-pinching in his 10 years in the post.
Keeper of the Privy Purse Sir Alan Reid told MPs examining the Sovereign Grant the new funding formula for the monarchy, that 39% of the palace is now deemed below "target condition".
Sir Alan Reid, Keeper of the Privy Purse, said they had paid "continuous attention to obtaining value for money" where they could.
We are trying to achieve a high-quality operation but efficiency in terms of value for money is important," said Alan Reid, the Queen's Keeper of the Privy Purse.
Top Palace aide Sir Michael Peat, Keeper of the Privy Purse, used the figure to hit back at claims the monarchy is too expensive.
Alan Reid, currently chief operating officer at accountants KPMG, will take over as Keeper of the Privy Purse from August 1, Buckingham Palace announced.
The man who outraged the Queen's low-paid staff when he told them they could forget any notion of having a job for life, joined the Palace as director of finance and property services in 1990 and was appointed to Keeper of the Privy Purse in 1996.
Prince Philip told Keeper of the Privy Purse Sir Rennie Maudslay in the 1970s: "You're just a silly little Whitehall twit.