Calls for queen to pay for palace re­pairs

The Myanmar Times - - World -

An on­line pe­ti­tion call­ing for the Bri­tish monar­chy to pay for £369 mil­lion (US$458 mil­lion) in re­pairs to Buck­ing­ham Palace has gath­ered mo­men­tum and has gar­nered over 132,000 sig­na­tures. Last week, royal of­fi­cials out­lined a plan for Queen El­iz­a­beth II’s of­fi­cial home to un­dergo “es­sen­tial works” to re­place elec­tri­cal wiring, water pipes and boil­ers in the big­gest over­haul since the 1950s. To fund the re­pairs, the govern­ment is ask­ing par­lia­ment to ap­prove an in­crease in the sov­er­eign grant - the an­nual al­lowance pro­vided by the govern­ment to sup­port the queen in her of­fi­cial du­ties.

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