ASWEget get older, our eyesight inevitably deteriorates, and Her Majesty the Queen’s vision is no exception.
As her prescription lenses get stronger, she changes her glasses every six months. And she doesn’t just get her new lenses fitted in her old specs; she gets brand new top-of-the-range Bulgari or Versace frames each time, leaving the exchequer to pick up the eye-watering £15,000 annual bill.
But is the country getting proper value for money out of these right royal bins? Let’s face it, she only uses them once a year, for reading her Christmas Message. A pair of £1 disposable readers from the pound shop would do the job just as well, and she could easily replace them 3 or 4 times a year, without making a dint in the Civil List. When her prescription goes beyond the range available on the bargain homewares rack, she can simply do what generations of pensioners have done before her, and double up. The prospect of the monarch sitting down to make her annual address to the Commonwealth with two pairs of Poundland specs perched on her nose might not sound particularly regal, but in these times of austerity we all have to tighten our belts, and as head of state, ER should lead by example.