Apologies to Richard and sundry others.
But I simply don\’t see what spending £100,000 to clean the chandeliers at Buckingham Palace has to do with the Queen.
Are we saying that if we were a Republic, with a President, that the chandeliers would not get cleaned (Elysee anyone?)? That we would tear Buck House to the ground? That a Peoples\’ Commissar would not live in luxurious surroundings (Kremlin anyone?)?
The £100,000 bill is a function of the existence of the house with chandeliers in it, not of the form of State that we inhabit.