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Figures for the year 2003 show that the royal family 'cost' each person in the UK 60p, up from 58p last year. The rise was caused largely by the Jubilee celebrations. However, these 'facts', although correct in themselves, fail to tell the whole story.
Originally posted by UK Wizard
So the royal family generates £127 million a year
The crowds and the tourists come to see the historic sights which would still be there and still be generating money in it's millions whether we have a Monarchy or not.
From: BBC: Camilla 'will be Charles's queen'
Government sources have said that legislation would be needed to "comply with her wishes not to become queen". Mr Mackinlay said legislation would be needed in 17 parliaments around the world, where the British monarch is head of state, for the change to be made.
Mr Mackinlay said such a legislation change "shouldn't be done for one man and one man alone.
He added that the Government may fear that asking parliaments in countries such as Canada, New Zealand and Australia for a change in legislation could stir up republican sentiments there.
THE Prince of Wales’s five-day tour of Australia ended yesterday with claims that his visit, which saw some protests against his marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles, had put the republican cause back on the country’s agenda.
Protesters opposed to next month’s wedding cried “shame” and held up posters of the late Diana, Princess of Wales in Sydney. The visit, his first since 1994, also reopened debate over his future role as king of Australia.
Kim Beazley, the leader of the opposition Labour party, said minutes after meeting the prince that he would press ahead with moves to make Australia into a republic if he were elected in 2007.
One opinion poll showed that 53% of people would prefer a republic to having the prince as their constitutional head of state. Only 30% wanted him to reign over Australia and 17% were undecided.
The poll also found that 59% wanted Prince Charles to renounce the throne in favour of Prince William.