Sunday, April 14

Day: June 3, 2015

The Queen’s sovereign grant is under review because she’s making too much money
London

The Queen’s sovereign grant is under review because she’s making too much money

    The Queen will receive a 15% rise in her Sovereign Grant because of a clause in a piece of legislation that was negotiated by UK Chancellor George Osborne in 2011. However, this will be under review, after this year's Autumn statement, because she is essentially making too much money. Three years ago, the government forged a deal for Buckingham Palace, which meant they'd be shielded from any public funding cuts. The deal also agreed that the Monarchy would receive 15% of  the profits of the £9.9 billion Crown Estate, and the amount the Queen would receive would never be less than the amount received in the previous year. This saw a massive rise in what the Queen received over the last three years. She got £40 million in the last financial year, which is 29% above the ...
Rogue BBC tweet sparks global news alert about Queen’s health
London

Rogue BBC tweet sparks global news alert about Queen’s health

    A rogue tweet by a BBC reporter after an “obituary rehearsal” led several major international news organisations to wrongly report that Queen Elizabeth had been admitted to hospital. Buckingham Palace has denied any suggestion the monarch is unwell, after erroneous breaking news reports said she was staying at the King Edward VII’s hospital, a private facility in Marylebone, London. The BBC said it was carrying out a “category one obituary rehearsal’ when the reporter mistakenly sent the tweet. The news of her hospitalisation originally came from the Twitter account of a BBC Urdu reporter, Ahmen Khawaja. She later deleted the original tweet and called it a false alarm. A few minutes afterwards, she tweeted that she had left her phone unattended and said the tweet had ...