A breakdown of how the Royal Family spends taxpayers’ money each year

Here are some of the key figures from the Royal Accounts for 2020-2021:

£86.3m – The total taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant, consisting of £51.8 million for “base” funding and a further £34.5 million for the commissioning of Buckingham Palace.

£102.4 million – Official Monarchy expenditure – an increase of £14.9m or 17% from £87.5m in 2020/21.



The Sovereign Grant pays for the official duties of the Queen and her family (Jane Barlow/PA) (PA Wire)


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The Sovereign Grant pays for the official duties of the Queen and her family (Jane Barlow/PA) (PA Wire)

€1.29 – Cost per UK person of total Sovereign Grant funding.

77p – Cost per person of the “essential” part of the Sovereign Grant for Official Functions – not including funds for the long-term works of Buckingham Palace.

9.6% – Proportion of ethnic minority employees working for Buckingham Palace, up from 8.5% in 2020-21. The target was 10%.

10.6% – Proportion of employees from ethnic minorities working for Clarence House.

13.6% – Proportion of employees from ethnic minorities working for Kensington Palace.

£63.9m – Property maintenance expenditure – up £14.4m or 29% from £49.5m in 2020-21.

201 – Official engagements made by the Queen in the last financial year – 88 more than the 113 she undertook in 2020-21 during the pandemic.

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Nearly 2,300 – Official Royal Family engagements in the UK and overseas, up from 1,470 last year.



The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet local school children after a visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)


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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet local school children after a visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Wire)

491– Full-time equivalent staff paid for by the Sovereign Grant, with payroll of £23.7m.

£1.3m– Cost of housekeeping and hospitality for the royal household – an increase of half a million or 55%.

£4.5m – Cost of official royal travel, an increase of £1.2million or around 41% from £3.2million the previous year.

£4.4 million – The Prince of Wales’ bill for the Cambridges’ business, plus Charles’ other expenses, including his capital outlay and his transfer to reserves. Charles no longer pays for the Sussexes.

£1.2m – Reduction of this bill over two years since 2019-2020 when Harry and Meghan worked full time.

£23 million – Charles’ annual private income from land in the Duchy of Cornwall, up from £20.4million in 2020-21.



The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Ascot (Aaron Chown/PA) (PA Wire)


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The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Ascot (Aaron Chown/PA) (PA Wire)

£3.3m – Charles’s unofficial expenses for himself and his family, including the salary costs of personal staff and a proportion of the costs of gardeners and farmhands and the cost of Highgrove and Birkhall.

£107,000 – Official fees from Charles’ London office and the official residence of Clarence House.

£5.9 million – Charles’ tax bill.

£226,383 – Cost of official travel for William and Kate’s controversial Caribbean tour.

£138,457 – Charles’ travel expenses for a trip to Barbados to mark the country’s transition to a republic.

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