The monarchy is a bargain at 62p per person – by Edward Leigh MP

There has been a lot of debate over the Civil List recently. The sum is a trifle next to the revenue generated by our tourist appeal as a Royalist nation, but I don’t think that’s really the point.

Queen Elizabeth’s image is the popular face of Britain all over the World. The Monarchy is an institution that made Britain Great, and remains a keystone of our political process to this day. It is so much more than just a face on a postcard.

The Queen’s personal political experience will have been moulded by every Prime Minister who has governed since her accession to the throne in 1952 – starting with Churchill. Her politically neutral position puts her above the sleaze that plagues mainstream politics worldwide. I should think that people of every political leaning can take comfort that our Prime Ministers have weekly access to her noble counsel.

Her Majesty is also the head of state in 16 independent Commonwealth Realms and a major political figurehead in 54 other nations. The Royal bloodline can be traced back into the mists of the Dark Ages.

No wonder prominent civil events are marked with Royal visits for gravitas. It is an honour to be lead by this institution and it would be an insult to our nation’s dignity if we were to allow it to go under funded.

Is 62p per person really such a high price to pay for all this?

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