Definition of privy purse in English:

privy purse


  • (in the UK) taxed funds provided by the Duchy of Lancaster to meet some official expenditure incurred by the monarch, plus his or her private expenses.

    • ‘Prince Michael enjoys a subsidy from the Queen towards the cost of his accommodation at Kensington Palace, but he receives no payment from the civil list or privy purse.’
    • ‘He fought innumerable cases of high order, such as the cases against nationalisation of banks and for abolition of privy purses.’
    • ‘A cataclysmic upheaval was experienced by the other princely families when the privy purses were abolished in 1971.’
    • ‘Since Thanjavur became a British residency in 1885 and the rulers were not granted a privy purse, the palace has nothing of the sweep and dimensions of the other grander princely houses in the country.’
    • ‘So what if they have lost their privy purses and are left hallucinating about their past glory?’
    • ‘Having been bought by the personal privy purse of the King, the whole collection was returned to his family in England in 1850.’
    • ‘Sarah was made mistress of the robes, groom of the stole and keeper of the privy purse, which put her in control of the royal household.’
    • ‘Indira Gandhi finally disestablished them in the 1970's, when all the princely states were denied their privy purses.’
    • ‘If the Queen still holds that view - rather than the suspicion that she occupies the throne on sufferance - she should tell the keeper of the privy purse about it.’
    • ‘Breaking pledges given at the time of independence, the government abolished all royal titles and privileges in 1971 and stopped payment of special pensions, called privy purses.’
    • ‘But questions were raised in Parliament about the cost to taxpayers who were footing the bill through the privy purse.’
    • ‘After the transfer of power, the rulers of the Residency Areas signed the ‘Deed of Accession’ on behalf of the ruled on exchange they were offered privy purse.’
    • ‘Although he feels the princes were betrayed by the government when the privy purses were abolished, he has a positive way of looking at it.’
    • ‘Even there, the royals must look to parliament and the privy purse for handouts at a time when Elizabeth's dysfunctional grandchildren have done all that is humanly possible to bring the idea of monarchy into disrepute.’
    • ‘The Prince found other means of showing his appreciation of the Handelian's worth, by proposing him for a pension from the Emperor William's privy purse, in commemoration of Handel's bi-centenary, in 1885.’


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