Sometimes you read or hear a news report that just leaves your flabber so gasted you think you must of misheard it so i double checked and yep, i did hear it right. That noise was my jaw hitting the floor in shock/disgust.
The Queen, one of the richest people in the World, has come to us clutching her Ming dynasty begging bowl to ask for £1m of taxpayers money to fix up her Palace.
Obviously she is not able to get by on the £37.3m we hand over to her annually which includes £14m for the upkeep of her property combined with her private income of more than £15m earnt through commercial property rent and investments.
Royal officials are whining that the state of the stonework in the palace's inner courtyard,is so bad that pieces are dropping off. Aww, poor lamb.
On top of the Civil List payout, we also fork out just over £100m for her security so i say to Her Majesty, with respect, put your hand into your pocket and fix your own bloody walls.