Queen Elizabeth is spending royal money to fly her dogs via private jet, former staffer says
Queen Elizabeth is a proud dog lover and her beloved pets travel with the royal as she moves between homes. His corgis even travel by private jet, according to a former staff member. But the royal family’s use of taxpayers’ money to steal privately has raised concerns, not just about funds, but also about carbon emissions. Here’s what we know about how the Queen’s dogs travel and the Royal Family’s travel spending history.
Queen Elizabeth flies her dogs on private jets
Former royal footman Steven Kaye recently spoke about caring for Queen Elizabeth’s dogs. Kaye worked for the Queen for over three years and he’s seen firsthand how her beloved corgis have been given the royal treatment.
A remarkable fact about the Queen’s pet care is that her dogs flew in a private jet when the Queen visited Balmoral.
“She will tend to have the dogs with her for the first four weeks, then on the day of the changeover we will then have to bring the dogs back to Windsor,” Kaye said. slingos. “They would be flown by private jet to Northolt and a lady who lived in Great Windsor Park would pick them up.”
Although Kaye did not specify that taxpayers’ money funded the flights of the dogs, the royal family has been repeatedly criticized for their use of private jets due to both cost and carbon emissions.
Queen Elizabeth and the Royal Family have been criticized for spending public money on private jets
While Queen Elizabeth’s corgis flying in a private jet might seem like a sweet story, it underscores a bigger issue about the royal family’s spending on private jets and the effect those flights have on the environment.
According to Independent, the royal family has spent more than £13million of public money on private flights in less than 10 years. Their official trip is taxpayer funded through the Sovereign Grant.
Among those flights was a trip to the Glasgow Climate Change Conference in 2021, which Prince Charles attended via a private jet. But “Prince Charles only agreed to fly on a private jet between Rome and Glasgow when it was agreed that sustainable fuel would be used on the plane,” according to Forbes. Still, flying private isn’t the most efficient way to travel, and taxpayers were upset about the cost.
Reports vary on the exact number, but hundreds of Climate Change Convention participants traveled to the event via private jets.
Many taxpayers were upset about the cost of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee festivities
Along with the expense and carbon emissions of private jets, some ratepayers have been exasperated by the cost of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee festivities this summer.
The four-day weekend of events included a massive military parade, a cathedral service and a party at Buckingham Palace. The festivities ended with a £15million pageant carnival featuring famous performers.
In 2021, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said the government would set aside £28m for Platinum Jubilee celebrations (per Fortune).
The exorbitant cost of the festivities drew criticism from many British taxpayers. They were outraged by the royal family’s frivolous spending while the rest of the population was still recovering from the global pandemic and facing a cost of living crisis.
Importantly, not all of the £28m quoted by DCMS and Chancellor Sunak was taxpayers’ money. For example, the organization claimed the £15m competition final was covered by independent fundraising and not taxpayers’ money.
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