First royal family annual report puts total spending at €39m
Thursday 12 May 2011
The Dutch royal family spent €38,824,000 last year, according to the first ever royal annual report, according to Nos television.
The report, which contains many photographs of queen Beatrix and her family, lists the main income and expenditure of the royals plus a summary of their more important activities. The publication follows concerns in parliament about the lack of transparency surrounding the royal family budget.
The report reveals, for example, that the queen, crown prince Willem-Alexander and princess Máxima carried out some 250 public engagements last year, and that the queen signed 500 pieces of legislation.
The queen is 'paid' €828,000 a year by the state, plus an extra €5m for her staff and equipment. The crown prince and Máxima each earn €245,000 and get €2m between them for staff.
None of the other family members receive an income from the government.
On top of that comes the cost of the 300 people who work at the queen and Willem-Alexander's five residences plus 30 support staff for the queen herself, taking the total bill to nearly €39m. This does not include security.