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We should all be thankful for the 2 billion a year the royal family earn us

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Itsgonnabeacoldone Mon 20-Nov-17 07:46:59

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/881710/Royal-Family-monarchy-Queen-Prince-Philip-Prince-William-Prince-Harry

Just that really!

Itsgonnabeacoldone Mon 20-Nov-17 07:47:06

www.express.co.uk/news/uk/881710/Royal-Family-monarchy-Queen-Prince-Philip-Prince-William-Prince-Harry

Sparklingbrook Mon 20-Nov-17 07:51:42

YABU starting a thread about the Royal Family in AIBU, and there not being an AIBU. grin

EdmundCleverClogs Mon 20-Nov-17 07:52:02

Can you give a more valid link than The Express? I’m not giving that rag clicks.

expatinscotland Mon 20-Nov-17 07:53:22

My cat could bring in the same if his mother were Queen Cat. Has nothing to do with who they are and only to do what who they were born to. Sick of paying for that lot, especially the new ones. Shouldn't have to pay for royal protection for Harry's girlfriend, either. YAB ridiculous.

LizzieSiddal Mon 20-Nov-17 07:55:58

No I won’t be “thankful”hmm. We’ve moved past the times when the public diff their caps and grovel for the Royal Family.

LizzieSiddal Mon 20-Nov-17 07:58:16

*doff

Battleax Mon 20-Nov-17 07:58:30

Oh cock off grin

You're not even doing AIBU properly. And the Express? Purlease.

Itsgonnabeacoldone Mon 20-Nov-17 07:59:44

To think we....

baritonehome Mon 20-Nov-17 08:01:59

it doesn't make something right just because it generates money, does it?

TittyGolightly Mon 20-Nov-17 08:02:57

Thanks to Express readers £2bn is worth about £8.

YABU.

MarmaIadeTwatkins Mon 20-Nov-17 08:06:14

What a load of horseshit.

The Queen doesn't do hourly magic tricks and acrobatics on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to entertain tourists. No royal palace is in the top ten UK visitor attractions. Windsor Castle isn't even the top attraction in Windsor. Get rid of the lot of them, open the doors of the ex royal residences to the paying public and see those coffers swell. People will pay a fortune to see where the Queen went to the toilet slept.

Quite apart from the fact that this whole load of medieval bullshit is anathema in the modern world - and an expensive one, which we all pay for, whether we want to or not - the communities who desperately need financial support don't see a penny of this mythical income the RF supposedly generate. The people queueing at my local food bank, the Sure Start centres which have closed, the chap who sleeps in the doorway of my local (closed due to cuts) police station - they're not benefitting. To have a woman be granted millions to update her palace when we can't - apparently - afford to fit sprinklers in tower blocks, to see disabled people killing themselves because of benefit cuts, to see those food bank queues swell and austerity bite while one family lives in luxury at our expense - it's beyond obscene.

So YABVU OP.

LizzieSiddal Mon 20-Nov-17 08:10:59

I’d be embarressed to let on that I read the Express, and believed the shite it spouts!

Sparklesocks Mon 20-Nov-17 08:15:28

Sorry I disagree, I thought it was quite disgusting that the queen was recently given a pay rise but ended up having millions in off shore investments.

TrojansAreSmegheads Mon 20-Nov-17 08:16:42

you know what else would earn 2 billion (or more) a year?

1 getting rid of the royal family and therefore all the bills for their upkeep. security. civil list. wages. the queens £400,000 annual booze bill...

2 taking the palaces and turning them into luxury hotels and conference centres where people from all over the world would pay big bucks to sleep in the queens bed.

NamasteNiki Mon 20-Nov-17 08:17:57

How many millions did the public pay for those useless scroungers, Kate and Will for their Kensington palace apartments?

PiffleandWiffle Mon 20-Nov-17 08:21:22

taking the palaces and turning them into luxury hotels and conference centres where people from all over the world would pay big bucks to sleep in the queens bed.

But that wouldn't generate more money for the country would it?

It'd generate more money for the Oligarch or Saudi Prince that could afford to buy them, get them modernised & then hire them out to other Oligarchs & Princes, whilst the common hoi-polloi get to change their sheets & fold bog roll for the same wages as when Liz & Phil employed them......

Rebeccaslicker Mon 20-Nov-17 08:25:38

Exactly piffle. The percentage of major buildings in london that aren't owned by the British is huge. sell Buckingham palace and you'd get a one off lump sum, which would disappear in no time, and another playground for a Saudi royal/Qatari oil magnate. Nobody would come to see it, tourism would drop, restaurants and shops and hotels in the area would all suffer, britain's profile as a tourist destination would suffer - it would be bonkers.

MarmaIadeTwatkins Mon 20-Nov-17 08:30:39

How many millions did the public pay for those useless scroungers, Kate and Will for their Kensington palace apartments

After Grenfell there was a piece on BBC news about William and Kate visiting the emergency aid centre (set up by the community, incidentally, because the authorities were fucking useless). There was a woman early audible in the background wailing in grief/desperation. The sycophantic toad of a reporter described them in reverential tones as 'William and Catherine, also Kensington residents'.

Fuck. Off.

Believeitornot Mon 20-Nov-17 08:31:21

Britain’s profile as a tourist destination hmm

Tourists come here for a variety of reasons and seeing BP is only one of them.

Ifailed Mon 20-Nov-17 08:33:08

Apparently female prostitution earns the UK £5 billion a year www.ons.gov.uk/economy/nationalaccounts/satelliteaccounts/timeseries/mnc8/bb, so by OP's logic we should be 2.5 times more thankful that vulnerable women are forced sell their bodies than the existence of the royal family.

I'd much rather we had neither.

Battleax Mon 20-Nov-17 08:33:46

I hardly think that a country with both the National Trust and Historic England would let Buck House be sold off to a Saudi in the event of a republic (though, in fairness, it's the worst palace smile).

TrojansAreSmegheads Mon 20-Nov-17 08:34:31

are we not told that many of the buildings are owned by the country and that is why we have to pay to maintain them?

i realise they own land and property but not all of it and if it is not true as we are repeatedly told when public money is poured into those buildings that they belong to The People then maybe we ought not to be paying for them.

there is no need for people who are struggling in life to be paying even 1 penny towards people who have the kind of wealth others can only dream of.

we should be so far beyond the idea of royalty. it is ridiculous.

Personwithhorse Mon 20-Nov-17 08:38:25

I like the Royal family. Who would you rather have as head of state - Tony Blair - Corbyn ?

whiskyowl Mon 20-Nov-17 08:43:20

"Thanks to Express readers £2bn is worth about £8."

This made me laugh out loud @TittyGolightly.

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