privy purse

privy purse

noun British.
1.
a sum from the public revenues allotted to the sovereign for personal expenses.
2.
a member of the royal household in charge of paying these expenses.

Origin:
1655–65

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privy purse
 
n
1.  a.  (in Britain) an allowance voted by Parliament for the private expenses of the monarch: part of the civil list
 b.  (in other countries) a similar sum of money for the monarch
2.  Full name: Keeper of the Privy Purse an official of the royal household responsible for dealing with the monarch's private expenses

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