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Queen’s finances to be revealed

The Independent
21 Dec 2009

Secret correspondence between the Government and Buckingham Palace concerning the growing public cost of the Royal Family is to be released to The Independent after three years of campaigning.

In a far-reaching ruling, the Government must disclose more than 100 letters and memos written by ministers and members of the Royal Household during negotiations over public subsidies paid to the Queen for the upkeep of her palaces.

The Information Commissioner’s decision deals a severe blow to the Royal Family’s efforts to ensure correspondence between the Palace and the Government is not caught by the public’s right-to-know law. Royal aides warned ministers that they did not want the letters disclosed to The Independent.

Secret correspondence between the Government and Buckingham Palace concerning the growing public cost of the Royal Family is to be released to The Independent after three years of campaigning.

In a far-reaching ruling, the Government must disclose more than 100 letters and memos written by ministers and members of the Royal Household during negotiations over public subsidies paid to the Queen for the upkeep of her palaces.

The Information Commissioner’s decision deals a severe blow to the Royal Family’s efforts to ensure correspondence between the Palace and the Government is not caught by the public’s right-to-know law. Royal aides warned ministers that they did not want the letters disclosed to The Independent.

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