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privy purse

1. 
a. (in Britain) an allowance voted by Parliament for the private expenses of the monarch: part of the civil list
b. (in other countries) a similar sum of money for the monarch
2. an official of the royal household responsible for dealing with the monarch's private expenses
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The new Keeper of the Privy Purse will replace Sir Michael Peat, who is to become the next private secretary to the Prince of Wales.
But Keeper of the Privy Purse Sir Michael Peat has chopped allowances for fuel and food from pounds 256 to just pounds 160.
Sir Michael Peat, the keeper of the privy purse, is said to have advised her on the getmapping.com investment.
Keeper of the Privy Purse, Sir Allan Reid, and the second aide to the Queen, Samantha Cohen also had departed from the royal office.
"The queen, the royal family and the household continue to provide excellent value for money: at 56p (pence) per person annually," said the queen's treasurer Alan Reid, known as the Keeper of the Privy Purse.
Sir Alan Reid, keeper of the Privy Purse, said public funding had fallen by 8% in real terms in the last two years when maintenance costs are stripped out.He added: "We take our responsibility to run as efficient an operation as possible.
Sir Alan Reid, Keeper of the Privy Purse, said the Chancellor had driven a hard bargain in setting the first year of the Sovereign Grant at PS31m.
Sir Alan Reid, Keeper of the Privy Purse, said that putting a pay freeze on Palace staff had helped to keep costs down.
Sir Alan Reid, Keeper of the Privy Purse, said: "The Royal Household is aware of the difficult economic climate and took action to reduce its expenditure.
Keeper of the Privy Purse Sir Alan Reid told the committee the Royal Family are in residence for around 300 days of the year.
Alan Reid, Keeper of the Privy Purse, said: "Given this is a World Cup year, 62p would buy you a ticket for one minute of England's game against Portugal on Saturday."
Already, in fact, Liz's Keeper of the Privy Purse has suggested a super state-of-the-art outfit for next year.