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The Big Debate SHOULD THE PUBLIC PAY FOR PRINCESS EUGENIE’S WEDDING? 5 October 2018 OPINION SHOULD THE PUBLIC PAY FOR “It really is an outrage when you’ve got people PRINCESS EUGENIE’S WEDDING? sleeping rough and gripped by poverty. No one else gets their wedding paid for by the public purse and they’ve got the resources to do it themselves. Who’s heard of Princess Eugenie anyway? She carries no royal functions, no useful purpose to the THE DILEMMA public sphere and yet we’re having to spend this kind of money.” – Chris Williamson, Labour MP But according to press reports, the security costs for the wedding will total around £2 million. Much of this money will be used to pay for police officers who are working overtime to protect the royal couple. This figure Security at Harry and is being paid for by Meghan’s wedding St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle taxes – in other words, the British public. Princess Eugenie of York, who is the Queen’s grand- The decision has angered some people who feel that daughter and ninth in line to the throne, is getting a “minor royal” such as Eugenie shouldn’t have a married to her partner Jack Brooksbank on Friday 12 lavish wedding, and that all costs should be met by October at St George’s Chapel in her and her new husband’s family. Windsor Castle. That’s the same venue where Prince Harry and But others say the royal family is an important part of Meghan Markle got married earlier British life, and that £2 million is a small price to pay this year. for such a major event as a royal wedding. It is thought that the cost of the Buckingham Palace has not confirmed or denied wedding itself is being paid for by the reports of a £2 million cost to the taxpayer. This Eugenie’s dad, Prince Andrew. He’s hasn’t stopped a lively debate being had about the brother of the next king, Prince whether or not it’s time we stopped paying for the Charles, and is himself seventh in “minor royals”. Princess Eugenie and Prince Andrew Jack Brooksbank line to the throne.
The Big Debate SHOULD THE PUBLIC PAY FOR PRINCESS EUGENIE’S WEDDING? 5 October 2018 FACTS & FIGURES Eugenie’s fiancé, Eugenie and Jack will welcome Princess Eugenie and Jack have Jack Brooksbank, more than 800 guests at the invited 1,200 members of the used to manage wedding, including dozens public to the event, a nightclub in of celebrities such as George who will get the London, and is now Clooney and Robbie Williams. chance to see the working for actor The happy couple wedding guests and George Clooney’s alcoholic drink royal family outside company, Casamigos. the chapel. The royal household says the royal But according to anti-royalty Prince William and Kate family costs about 65p to each campaign group Republican, the Middleton’s wedding in 2011 citizen of the United Kingdom. estimated total annual cost to the cost £20 million, while Harry and UK taxpayer of the monarchy is Meghan’s wedding this year cost £345 million, around 8 around £34 million. Security is times the official figure thought to be the biggest single published by the royal cost of each royal wedding. household.
The Big Debate SHOULD THE PUBLIC PAY FOR PRINCESS EUGENIE’S WEDDING? 5 October 2018 REPUBLIC VS LINE OF SUCCESSION Buckingham Palace MONARCHY A line of succession is the sequence of royals in the order in which they stand in line to the throne. When the Queen dies or abdicates (steps down), the next person in line becomes the monarch. Unless one of those in line dies unexpectedly or decides not to take up the crown, the next three monarchs ought to be Charles, then his son William, then his son George. Previously, a younger son had priority over an elder daughter, but that rule was changed a few years ago. So now, any royal born after 28 October 2011 will have their place in the line of succession determined The Queen is our by when they were born, not their gender. head of state 1. The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) born 1948 A republic is a country in which the head DID YOU KNOW? of state is elected or appointed under the 2. The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) born 1982 nation’s constitution. France, the USA and Brazil are three examples of republics. Their Before Great Britain was presidents are all elected by the people. 3. Prince George of Cambridge born 2013 established in 1707, there People who support the republic system are were separate royal rulers of England and Scotland. known as republicans. 4. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge born 2015 The first English monarch A monarchy is a system in which a single was Athelstan, who ruled person, the king or queen, is leader of the 5. Prince Louis of Cambridge born 2018 from AD 927 to 939, while country, and that position is hereditary, the first Scottish monarch which means it passes down the family 6. The Duke of Sussex (Prince Harry) born 1984 was Kenneth MacAlpin, King Athelstan from generation to generation. You do who was King from 843 not vote for a monarch. So after Queen to 858 AD. The first monarch of Great Britain 7. The Duke of York (Prince Andrew) born 1960 Elizabeth dies or resigns the throne, her was Queen Anne, who ruled from 1 May son, Prince Charles, will become king, and 1707 – 1 August 1714. Queen Elizabeth II, then his son, Prince William, will follow. The 8. Princess Beatrice of York born 1988 who became the monarch in 1952, is the United Kingdom, Sweden and Spain are 12th monarch of Great Britain, which means three examples of monarchies, and people 9. Princess Eugenie of York born 1990 Prince Charles, if he succeeds her as planned, who support that system are known as will be the 13th. monarchists or royalists. 10. The Earl of Wessex (Prince Edward) born 1964
The Big Debate SHOULD THE PUBLIC PAY FOR PRINCESS EUGENIE’S WEDDING? 5 October 2018 MAJOR AND MINOR PUBLIC SUPPORT The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge meet the Chinese president as part of their royal duties One of the criticisms leveled at Eugenie is that she is a “minor royal”, and so doesn’t deserve to have things paid Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s for her by the British people. But what makes a member of wedding day the royal family “major” or “minor”? The “major” royals are those who work on behalf of the royal family and various charities. These are known There is no specific opinion poll about the role of minor royals. But the most recent poll about as “public duties”. They might meet leaders from public support for the family, by polling company YouGov, found that 69% of Brits want to other countries, travel around the world to help British keep the royals, and 21% don’t want a royal family in Britain. businesses and relations with However, other questions that were asked just before Harry and Meghan’s wedding earlier other countries, visit the scenes of this year paint a different picture: disasters, such as Grenfell Tower, or actively support charities. • 70% of Brits were not interested in • 57% believe the royals should pay the The “minor” royals, such as Eugenie Harry and Meghan’s wedding full cost of the wedding, including the and her sister Beatrice, do not carry cost of policing and security out official engagements on behalf • 49% thought Meghan Markle should of the family. Instead, they almost continue to have a job rather than take • Asked if, given the choice, they would all have jobs. Princess Eugenie up royal duties full-time. A whopping 65% want to contribute their own taxes to the works for an art gallery in London. of those aged 18-24 thought she should wedding, 76% said no Her cousin Peter Phillips, who is Prince William and the Queen visit the continue to work normally the son of Princess Anne and 13th site of the Grenfell in line to the throne, runs a sports Tower fire management company.
The Big Debate SHOULD THE PUBLIC PAY FOR PRINCESS EUGENIE’S WEDDING? 5 October 2018 ROYAL BENEFITS WHY CAN’T THE QUEEN PAY IT ALL? Some people argue that it’s right for the costs of a royal wedding to come out of the public’s taxes, because the royals OK, so the weddings may be popular with many British people, but are an integral part of the UK. considering how rich the Queen is, why doesn’t she just pay all the costs? The Sunday Times newspaper estimates her personal wealth Tradition and tourism to be £340 million. She has three main sources of income: Supporters of the monarchy say that, whatever changes Britain 1. Private income – This is estimated at £340 million, and comes goes through over the years, the monarchy remains a strong and from properties the Queen inherited like Balmoral Castle, and other constant part of the nation’s tradition and history. But it plays an sources such as stocks and shares, art, jewels, cars and horses. Since important part in the present, too; it is estimated that the royals 1993, money she makes from her personal wealth has been taxed and their properties, such as Buckingham Palace, attract millions at the same rates as other UK of tourists to the UK, boosting the country’s economy. One study taxpayers. The Queen also pays tax found the royal family is directly responsible for about £535 on part of the Privy Purse, but the Sovereign Grant is tax-free. million worth of tourism. 2. The Privy Purse/Duchy of Lancaster – This is a bit like the Queen’s personal salary. It’s the money made from the Bringing the country together Duchy of Lancaster, which is an estate of commercial, farming Prince William and Kate and residential properties and land across the UK. Last year it Events such as a royal wedding unite people. In a country with Middleton’s wedding day made £19.1 million. few regular, national traditions, royal events are always popular and often provide an opportunity for street parties and other 3. The Sovereign Grant – This is a fund given to the community events. Around 11.5 million people tuned into BBC, Queen by the Government to cover expenses, such as travel, Sky and ITV to watch Harry and Meghan’s wedding live earlier security, the upkeep of the royal palaces, and her staff’s pay. this year. Royal weddings are popular, and national celebrations The grant comes from British people’s taxes. It was worth deserve public funding. £76.5 million in 2017-18, which is a big increase on the £42.8 million in 2016-17. Money that isn’t spent is put away in a ‘rainy day fund’. The value of the grant is set at 15% of the Regent Street in London is owned by the Queen profits made by the Crown Estate of royal palaces, farms, entire streets in London, and even parts of the seabed in British waters. The UK Government manages the Crown Estate, which is worth about £11 billion, collecting the profits and paying the Queen her share. In addition, the royal family’s security bill is picked up by the Metropolitan [London] Police, and Some Brits like to get togerher the costs of royal visits are covered by local councils. That means they are all paid from taxes. during a royal wedding
The Big Debate SHOULD THE PUBLIC PAY FOR PRINCESS EUGENIE’S WEDDING? 5 October 2018 YES, THE PUBLIC SHOULD PAY NO, THE PUBLIC SHOULD NOT FOR THE ROYAL WEDDING PAY FOR THE ROYAL WEDDING 1. SHE’S A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL FAMILY – It’s disrespectful 1. EUGENIE IS A “MINOR ROYAL” – She and her fiancé have to dismiss Eugenie as a “minor” royal. She’s a member of the royal normal jobs, and they do not undertake any official duties for the family, she is ninth in line to the throne, and she is therefore a part royal family or the country. It’s ridiculous to pay any costs towards of the country’s tradition. It’s right that the public contribute to her their wedding when they aren’t even senior royals. special day. 2. THE QUEEN CAN AFFORD TO COVER IT – The Queen has 2. ROYAL WEDDINGS ARE GREAT FOR THE COUNTRY – A royal a huge fortune and there is absolutely no reason why she cannot wedding is a happy national occasion that unites people. It isn’t just afford to cover all of the costs of a wedding such as this. Also, there about the two people getting married. It brings people together in a is no evidence at all that royal weddings boost tourism and therefore celebration. the UK economy. 3. IT’S NOT THAT EXPENSIVE – Each year, our Government 3. THE WEDDING SHOULD BE LOW-KEY – Eugenie is never spends around £800 billion on the country. If the cost of the royal going to become Queen. She could have chosen to have a low-key wedding is £2 million to the public, that’s a tiny amount of money in wedding, like the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips did in 2011. the overall budget. It’s just 0.025% of the total spending of the year. Eugenie’s wedding will, instead, be similar in scale to Harry and Meghan’s.
The Big Debate SHOULD THE PUBLIC PAY FOR PRINCESS EUGENIE’S WEDDING? 5 October 2018 Is Princess Eugenie a “minor Should all members of the Is it right that the public royal”? royal family have ordinary should pay for the royal jobs? family? DISCUSS DISCUSS DISCUSS How important is Should royal Is Princess Eugenie Did you watch having a royal family weddings be paid for entitled to have a big Harry and Meghan’s DISCUSS DISCUSS to you? with public money, or wedding in Windsor, wedding earlier this DISCUSS DISCUSS DISCUSS DISCUSS not? or should it be low- year? key? Do you think the royals bring Would you like to attend a Do you think major royals benefits to the country’s royal wedding? should still have their economy? weddings paid for by public money, but minor royals DISCUSS DISCUSS DISCUSS should not?
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