civil list

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civil list

in the constitutional law of the UK, money paid to certain members of the royal family. The monarch surrenders for life all hereditary revenues, with the exception of those of the duchies of Cornwall and Lancaster, to form part of the consolidated fund. In exchange, the Crown is paid the civil list, being sums required for the royal household and the privy purse, which pays employees' pensions and the expenses of Sandringham and Balmoral.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

CIVIL LIST. The sum which is yearly paid by the state to its monarch, and the domains of which he is suffered to have the enjoyment.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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