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British PM: No Public Funding for Queen’s Yacht

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Posted on Jan 16, 2012
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Here we see the Queen’s former vessel, The Royal Yacht Britannia, near London’s Tower Bridge in this shot from 1997.

British Prime Minister David Cameron made a good call Monday by declaring that no funds from U.K. taxpayers’ pockets should be funneled toward gifting Queen Elizabeth II with a shiny new $90 million yacht on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee. In Cameron’s mind, apparently, that would be most untoward in a recession. Plus, as the AP pointed out later that day, it wasn’t known if Her Royal Highness even wanted one.  —KA

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Cameron’s spokesman Steve Field said it would not be appropriate for public funds to be spent on a new yacht during times of economic hardship. But he said the government would be supportive of private efforts to provide a new ship for the queen.

He acknowledged that ministers have been approached over plans to raise donations for a privately funded vessel and that the government “would react favorably” to a firm plan.

“There are a number of proposals out there for a privately financed yacht,” Field said.

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By Bengeo, January 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm Link to this comment
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RAE

I will believe you, when you go to print and are not taken to court.

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By RAE, January 18, 2012 at 11:35 am Link to this comment

Well, Bengeo, just goes to show that it’s a mistake to believe everything you read in a book… including the Bible.

What Cahill must be referring to is “Crown holdings” - in Canada, land that is not privately, municipally or provincially owned is known as “Crown Land” which I suppose means since Elizabeth currently wears the “crown,” she “owns” it so Cahill mistakenly included such land in his totals.

But good luck if she tried to sell any of it!

My information shows that Elizabeth II - the person - owns, in her own name, TWO major properties - Balmoral Castle and Sandringham Estate, neither of which were purchased by her. They have been in the family for dozens of decades.

Sandringham, for example, in Norfolk, is an 8,000 hectare property (approx 30 sq miles), with 24 hectares in gardens around the house. Approximately 240 hectares of the estate are a woodland park which is open for public use year round and free of charge.

She may actually own other smaller real estate parcels but ALL the other major palaces and holdings, in many countries, are fully owned by the “state” in her name. While many of these holdings, such as Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace in England, are used by the Queen and others of her family, they are NOT owned by her. Essentially, the Queen RENTS an APARTMENT and OFFICES in Buckingham Palace and in Windsor Castle.

So Cahill’s error is not off by a little - he’s right off the chart.

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By Bengeo, January 18, 2012 at 8:05 am Link to this comment
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From Kevin Cahill’s book
Who Owns the World

“Queen Elizabeth II the largest landowner on Earth.

Queen Elizabeth II, head of state of the United Kingdom and of 31 other states
and territories, is the legal owner of about 6,600 million acres of land, one
sixth of the earth’s non ocean surface.

She is the only person on earth who owns whole countries, and who owns
countries that are not her own domestic territory. This land ownership is
separate from her role as head of state and is different from other monarchies
where no such claim is made – Norway, Belgium, Denmark etc.

The value of her land holding. £17,600,000,000,000 (approx).

Largest five personal landowners on Earth

Queen Elizabeth II - 6,600 million acres
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia - 553 million acres
King Bhumibol of Thailand - 126 million acres
King Mohammed IV of Morocco - 113 million acres
Sultan Quaboos of Oman - 76 million acres”

But let’s face it, we all know, however much you have - it is never enough - is
it?

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By RAE, January 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm Link to this comment

I thought she already had a “yacht” - the QE2! I mean, it’s not hers exactly, but I’m sure with her money she could charter the damn thing to go wherever she wanted to.

I don’t think she even wants another yacht especially if it’s coming out of her pocket. Why do you think she sold her old one?

BTW, “AP” - the Queen is NEVER referred to as “Her Royal Highness” - that would like referring to a General as a Colonel. The Queen, and ONLY the Queen carries the title “Your Majesty.”

Prince Philip, and the Queen’s children, etc., etc., are “Royal Highnesses” but NEVER the Queen herself - she’s in a class by herself, in more ways than one.

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