British monarch ‘asked for heating handout’


AFP
September 24, 2010

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Queen Elizabeth II asked the British government for money from a fund for poor people to help pay heating bills on her palaces, a newspaper reported on Friday.

The request was rebuffed because officials feared the news would be a public relations disaster for the monarch, according to the Independent, which learned of the request under Freedom of Information legislation.

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Royal aides complained to ministers in 2004 that the queen’s gas and electricity bills had increased by 50 percent and were now “untenable”, costing more than one million pounds (1.5 million dollars, 1.2 million euros) a year.

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