£40m a year = 66p per person per year (roughly $1).
That cost includes all the costs of state and similar visits which would, without a Royal Family, have to be hosted by a President.
The Italian President alone costs every Italian £1.24 a year. Our 66p covers many Royals, so I reckon we get value and without corruption.
UK aid to India is, at £280m a year, seven times as much as the cost of the Royal family, and costing every inhabitant of the UK £4.90 a year. Didn’t win us an order for fighter jets, though — that went to the French. I know what I get for my 66p a year; I see no return from the £4.90 to India.
GOD BLESS THE QUEEN.
(THE PHOTOS ARE OF PRINCESS ELIZABETH DURING WW2.)