Definition of privy purse in English:

privy purse

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noun

  • (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.
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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