It appears that, before the Queen asked the government to take over responsibility for the finances of her palace, she had asked for the government to use energy-saving grants for low income families to heat the palace.
The Queen was informed that such a use of low-income funds for her palace would be a tad unpopular. The palace was complaining in 2004 that the Queen’s gas and electricity bills, which had increased by 50 per cent in 2004, left the palace with more than £1m a year in energy bills. Royal aides denounced the bill as “untenable.”
The Queen remains one of the wealthiest women in England with assets worth £17bn.
She may, however, want to expand her efforts at greater subsidization of her household.