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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
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priv′y purse`


n.
a sum from the public revenues allotted to the British sovereign for personal expenses.
[1655–65]
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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.
But public scrutiny in this area should not be a concern for Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as their expenses are shouldered by funds from Queen Elizabeth II's own Privy Purse.
The Core Sovereign Grant which helps fund the work of the Queen and her household, and pays for other activities like official royal travel, increased by PS3.6m to PS49.3m Sir Michael Stevens, Keeper of the Privy Purse, who is responsible for monarchy's accounts, said of Frogmore Cottage: "The property had not been the subject of work for some years and had already been earmarked for renovation in line with our responsibility to maintain the condition of the occupied royal palaces estate.
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As such, he has also not been given an allowance from the Privy Purse. His siblings receive an allowance from Privy Purse because they undertake official duties on behalf of the monarch.
Sir Michael Stevens, the new keeper of the Privy Purse, who oversee the Monarch's finances, said: "There are three generations of the Royal Family at work together in support of the Queen.
The royal family's own website highlights the three main sources of funding - the Sovereign Grant, the Privy Purse and the Queen's personal wealth and income.
"About 1500 Christmas puddings paid for by The Queen (through the Privy Purse) are distributed to staff throughout the Palaces, staff in the Court Post Office and Palace police," the website states.
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.