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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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Sir Alan Reid, Keeper of the Privy Purse, said: "When you look at these accounts the bottom line is the Sovereign Grant last year equated to 65 pence per person, per annum, in the United Kingdom, that's the price of a first class stamp.
83 per person, official Keeper of the Privy Purse Sir Alan King told CNN.
Keeper of the Privy Purse Alan Reid said the newly released accounts show that the royal family costs each taxpayer about 65 pence per year, representing the cost of a first-class stamp.
Keeper of the Privy Purse Sir lan Reid said it cost everyone in the UK 65p a year.
When the work is finished in 2027, the grant should be returned to its current level of 15%, a review by the Royal Trustees - Prime Minister Theresa May, Chancellor Philip Hammond and Keeper of the Privy Purse Sir Alan Reid - recommended.
A review by the Royal Trustees - Prime Minister Theresa May, Chancellor Philip Hammond and Keeper of the Privy Purse Sir Alan Reid - agreed that the PS369m works should be funded from a 66% increase in the Sovereign Grant.
The Deputy Keeper of the Privy Purse, Mike Stevens, described the plan as the "most cost-effective way to fund this essential project, by synchronising the release of funds with the phased approach to carrying out the physical works".
A review by the Royal Trustees - Prime Minister Theresa May, Chancellor Philip Hammond and Keeper of the Privy Purse Sir Alan Reid - agreed that the PS369 million works should be funded from a 66 per cent increase in the Sovereign Grant.
The queen, the royal family and the household continue to provide excellent value for money: at 56p (pence) per person annually," said the queen's treasurer Alan Reid, known as the Keeper of the Privy Purse.
Sir Alan Reid, keeper of the privy purse, said the Scottish plans created a complication over future funding.
Sir Alan Reid, Keeper of the Privy Purse said that the money has been spent on structural work and bringing rooms up to "basic living standard" for them and baby Prince George.
Sir Alan Reid, Keeper of the Privy Purse, said: "The decrease in expenditure is due mainly to the continuation of a pay freeze, increased income generation, and the deferral of property maintenance expenditure.