The Queen receives a grant-in-aid to cover the costs of most of the royal property and palaces.
Last year it was £15.5m. The properties listed on the right are known as the Occupied Royal Palaces or the Estate. Some 1,000 people work in these building. The Queen invites appoximately 70,000 guests to the Palaces every year. In previous years tourist numbers were higher still. But the umber of visitors dramatically halved after September 11.