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The British Royal Family - Statistics & Facts

Britain's Royal Family is one of the most instantly and widely recognized institutions in the world. The current ruler, Queen Elizabeth II, is the longest-reigning monarch in British history, and celebrated her Platinum Jubilee in 2022, marking 70 years on the throne. Since the beginning of her reign in 1952, the Queen has witnessed a vast array of changes to the United Kingdom's global position, largely due to the collapse of the British Empire after World War Two. The Queen has also seen the rise and fall of 14 different British Prime Ministers, from Winston Churchill to Boris Johnson, as well as 13 U.S. presidents.

Harry and Meghan: The latest crisis in an eventful reign

Throughout the Queen's reign, the Royal Family have been no strangers to controversy and the mixed fortunes of the Royals have been well-documented. Oprah Winfrey's March 2021 interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan however, looks to be one of the most severe crisis of modern times. The couple described how experiences of racism and their treatment by the British media damaged their mental health considerably, eventually leading to their move to the United States in early 2020. These revelations have further damaged the standing of the Royal Family, still reeling from recent sexual abuse allegations made against the Queen's son Prince Andrew. A survey conducted just after the Harry and Meghan interview, however, highlights the split in public opinion regarding the matter, with 36 percent of British people feeling more sympathy for the Queen and Royal Family than they did for the Sussexes, who had 22 percent of people feeling sympathetic to them.

How is the Royal Family funded?

According to the most recent financial accounts, the Royal Family costs approximately 87.5 million pounds a year, with that figure increasing by almost 20 million pounds between 2017/18 and 2018/19. These expenses are covered by a variety of different income sources, although the main one by far is the Sovereign Grant, the annual payment from the UK government to the monarchy based on revenue from the crown estates. Another important source of funding for the Queen is the income from her private estate; the Duchy of Lancaster, while for her heir Prince Charles, an income is provided by revenue from the Duchy of Cornwall.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 33 most important statistics relating to "The British Royal Family".


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