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Byline: Brian READE

EVERY June, when the cost of the Royal Family is made public (last year it was pounds 37million) some Buckingham Palace lickspittle smarmily reminds us it translates to 62p per person, or two-thirds of a loaf.

My view is that, apart from it being pounds 3 for my household which I would rather spend on Special Brew for a tramp, the figures are a con because the cost of royal protection, which runs into tens of millions, is excluded.

A protection which saw 10 policemen stationed at a London nightclub until 4am, while the Queen's grandson Harry and his heiress girlfriend swigged pounds 20-a-throw cocktails inside.

Ten officers paid overtime - one week after another 10 of the Met's finest had been sent to escort William's girlfriend Kate from another club.

So next time you're told the royals cost the price of a loaf, think how long it takes police to respond when you're burgled or mugged. And demand a refund - and a republic.


ON GUARD: Kate and, right, Harry
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 18, 2007
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