The cost of Harry and Meghan’s home renovations 哈里和梅根的房屋翻修花費

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據英王室賬目顯示,蘇塞克斯公爵和公爵夫人用了 240 萬英鎊納稅人資金改造翻修了他們位於溫莎城堡的新居。經過翻修,弗洛格摩別墅(Frogmore Cottage)從五個獨立的住宅變成了一個大別墅。

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The Royal Family received more than £80m last financial year from the Treasury, in what’s called the Sovereign Grant. That’s to cover the cost of official duties and for the upkeep of royal palaces.

英國王室在過去的一個財年裡,收到了來自財政部 8000 多萬英鎊的撥款。這筆款項被稱為 「君王撥款」(Sovereign Grant),用於支付公務和皇家宮殿的維護費用。

Some months after their wedding, Harry and Meghan announced that they would move out of Kensington Palace in London and set up in Frogmore Cottage, a large house in the grounds of Windsor Castle. But the house needed a lot of work – £2.4m worth, according to the accounts published today. That money came from the Sovereign Grant.

哈里和梅根在婚禮幾個月後,宣佈他們將搬出倫敦的肯辛頓宮,並在弗洛格摩別墅安家落戶。弗洛格摩別墅是位於溫莎城堡內的一幢大房子。不過其房屋需要大量的翻修工作,根據今天公佈的賬目,翻修花費了 240 萬英鎊。這筆錢來自君王撥款。

The Palace says the house was in very poor shape and divided into five separate residences. Taxpayer spending on the Royals is always a sensitive topic. Palace sources insist that extensive refurbishment was required. And that only basic fixtures and fittings were supplied with taxpayers’ money.

白金漢宮表示,弗洛格摩別墅裡面的情況非常糟糕,而且還被分成了五個獨立的住宅。納稅人在王室成員身上的支出一直都是一個敏感的話題。白金漢宮消息人士堅稱,弗洛格摩別墅確實需要大規模的翻修,而且只有基本的固定裝置和配件是用納稅人的錢支付提供的。

1. 詞彙

the Treasury 財政部
Sovereign Grant 君王撥款
official duties 公務
upkeep 維修費
set up 安家落戶
accounts 賬目
poor shape 情況很差
residences 住宅
refurbishment (房屋)翻修
fixtures and fittings 固定裝置和配件

2. 閱讀理解:請在讀完上文後,回答下列問題 。

1. What is the Sovereign Grant used for?

2. Where is Frogmore Cottage located?

3. How has the cost of refurbishing Frogmore Cottage been made known to the public?

4. True or false? Taxpayers’ money was used to pay for the extensive refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage.

3. 答案

1. What is the Sovereign Grant used for?
The Sovereign Grant is taxpayers’ money used to cover the cost of official duties and for the upkeep of royal palaces.

2. Where is Frogmore Cottage located?
Frogmore Cottage is a large house located in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

3. How has the cost of refurbishing Frogmore Cottage been made known to the public?
The cost of the refurbishment was shown in the published accounts.

4. True or false? Taxpayers’ money was used to pay for the extensive refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage.
False. Palace sources insist that only basic fixtures and fittings were supplied with taxpayers’ money.