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Will the pandemic finally end Britain’s love affair with the royal family?

Recent revelations of the Queen's lobbying have shown the price the country pays to sustain the royals. As the UK faces the economic fallout of Brexit, and continued devastation from Covid-19, it is time for Britons to ask what the monarchy is actually for

By Christiana Spens  

The full extent of the Queen's wealth still remains unknown. Photo: Robert Harding/Alamy Stock Photo

The Queen lobbied for a change in proposed new UK laws to secure exemption from disclosing her wealth, the Guardian revealed last weekend. Having unearthed a series of government memos in the National Archives, the paper explained how Elizabeth Windsor’s private lawyer, Matthew Farrer, lobbied ministers to change proposed legislation on bringing transparency to company shareholdings during the 1970s. The government then inserted a clause into the law “granting itself the power to exempt companies used by ‘heads of state’ from the new transparency measures.” The full extent of the Queen’s wealth is still unknown.  

What is particularly notable about this revelation is the extent to which the royal family may influence the formation…

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