There are many responsibilities that come with being the Queen of England. You must be well-spoken, presentable, and professional at all times. You must also be the hostess with the mostess. We’re pretty sure that’s a British term.
Buckingham Palace’s repairs will cost the English people approximately £369 million, a number that created quite a stir when it was released on Friday. The Queen, whose net worth is £340 million, received £40 million from the government in 2016 to be used towards her official duties. While these numbers are staggering, there are major repairs required at Buckingham Palace, which is an international tour destination and the site of countless events and meetings. The Queen’s residence is also the location for several opulent events, which often include politicians and dignitaries from around the world.
This year alone, Buckingham Palace was the venue of choice for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration, a lunch for President Obama and his wife Michelle, a Spanish State Visit from King Felipe VI and his wife, Queen Letizia, and the annual December diplomatic reception.
Entertaining up to 96,000 guests every year comes with a price tag and for Buckingham Palace, that price tag is £1.4 million on food or $2.33 million Canadian. As for liquor, Business Insider projects that Queen Elizabeth spent half a million pounds or $832,000 Canadian in 2015 – 2016.
This menu, shared by the Royal Family’s Instagram page, shows a typical event thrown by the Queen, which includes £400 bottles of champagne and £60 bottles of sparkling Gusbourne wine.
Before you start assuming that all of the Queen’s meals are state affairs, let’s not forget that many of her dinners are just like yours and mine. Well, maybe.
As for the rest of the funds allocated to the Royal Family, they cover expenses like travel, technology systems installed in Buckingham Palace, postage, security and more. And maybe a Big Mac or two. We’ll never know.