Beatrix declares EUR 24 million

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16 May 2007, AMSTERDAM - Queen Beatrix declared more than EUR 24 million in expenses last year for the use of the palaces, cars, horses, vehicles, and palace staff. This is contained in the annual report from the Queen's House presented to Parliament on Wednesday.

16 May 2007

AMSTERDAM - Queen Beatrix declared more than EUR 24 million in expenses last year for the use of the palaces, cars, horses, vehicles, and palace staff. This is contained in the annual report from the Queen's House presented to Parliament on Wednesday.

The state spent a total of EUR 83.7 million on the royal house in 2006, about EUR 30 million more than in 2005. The increase is due partly to higher costs for security and maintenance of the palaces.

The queen received EUR 2.2 million for support from the civil service. Beatrix did not devote enough attention to providing information last year, the audit chamber concluded.

Beatrix, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife Princess Máxima received an allowance of almost EUR 5.7 million in 2006, 3.9 million of which went to the queen.

Willem-Alexander received EUR 957,000 and Máxima EUR 845,000. The allowance exceeded the budgeted amount by EUR 145,000, the audit chamber wrote.

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