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The Privy Purse and Treasurer's Office

The Privy Purse and Treasurer's Office

Sir Alan Reid, the Queen's Treasurer, briefs the press on the royal finances. The treasurer, or Keeper of the Privy Purse as the position is traditionally called, manages the Queen's public funds from the Civil List, which pays for her position as head of state, as well as the grants-in-aid, government funds to cover building maintenance and official travel. As Keeper of the Privy Purse, the treasurer also supervises the Queen's private finances, which come principally from the Duchy of Lancaster — a portfolio of real estate holdings in the Lancaster district. The Privy Purse funds other members of the royal family and the private royal residences at Balmoral and Sandringham.