“A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in.” – Frederick the Great
“Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.” – George Bernard Shaw
“God save the queen/ ‘Cause tourists are money/ And our figurehead/ Is not what she seems” – Sex Pistols
“Unemployed woman marries into welfare family.”
This is a gray area: When money is a problem, it can feel like the end of the world is near.
OK, it’s a jewel-encrusted belt, but still. The Queen, who has a reputation as royal penny pincher too cheap to buy a TV, and is known to wander the halls of Buckingham Palace and switch off lights to conserve energy, has decided to delay home improvement projects (or rather, castle improvement projects), freeze the salaries of her …
When the Queen Mother died in 2002 at age 101, it was reported that she had a £4 million overdraft with the royal bankers. But the late queen wasn’t the spendthrift some made her out to be. Quite the opposite, actually.