Royal overspend spurs call to open up palace

Jan 28, 2014, 6:25 AM EST
 Queen Elizabeth II accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Imran, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation attend the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Baton relay launch ceremony at Buckingham Palace on October 9, 2013 in London, England.
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Buckingham Palace should be opened to more paying visitors when the Queen is not in residence to fund improvements to the royal estate, MPs have said. The Public Accounts Committee criticized the Royal Household for mismanaging its finances. Chairwoman Margaret Hodge said there was "huge scope for savings" on the annual £31m of taxpayer funds given to the Queen to spend on official duties.
Background:
Open up palace 'when Queen out' call [BBC]
Buckingham Palace must get a grip on Royal spending, says Commons committee [Evening Standard]
 

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