Overall, the queen spent about $56 million in government funds in 2009-2010 -- or 94 cents per British citizen -- down from about $61 million a year earlier.The queen, some royal watchers insist, is holding fast to the legacy of her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, who abided by the same food and electricity rations that their subjects faced during World War II. Though she remains one of the wealthiest women in the world by the grace of inherited estates, masterpieces of art and magnificent jewels, the queen is also famously frugal.
“You don’t really realize that the queen is going around Buckingham Palace turning off the lights, having fewer staff and in the winter turning the heating down,” Majesty magazine editor-in-chief Ingrid Seward says. “She sometimes even writes letters in her very old fur coat."Which means the queen's official keeper of old fur coats' job (another ridiculously real job!) is safe, too.Even with all this talk of cutbacks, there are still several job openings at Buckingham Palace.Know your way around a kitchen? The queen's looking for a good Demi Chef de Partie (a normal job).