The Civil List
The Civil List is taxpayer's money used to fund the Queen's duties as head of state. It pays for the costs of staff and running the Official Household.
For the year 2001-2002, civil list spending came to £8.153m, an increase from £6.509m in 2000. But Buckingham Palace says that in real terms the expenditure represents a 1.3% saving after inflation.
The increase was met by transferring monies from a reserve established in 2000. Almost three-quarters of the Civil Lists costs are staff salaries with the equivalent of 284 full-time employees on the books.
Buckingham Palace says the Civil List enabled the Queen to meet 2,300 official engagements, entertain 70,000 at functions and handle some 50,000 letters or other items of correspondence.