Q: Donald Trump is undertaking a state visit to the UK, with a particular focus on the financial costs, what affect will this have for the taxpayer.
A: The only public funding which will be of cost to the British taxpayer will be the security aspect of this visit. The American President will have his own security detail both in sight around him and undercover, however this expense is paid for by the Americans. Our own expense will be to cover the security of The Queen and those around her as we do when The Queen receives any foreign Head of State at Horseguards Parade and travels to Buckingham Palace via carriage. The cost for dining, entertainments etc., are met by the Sovereign Support Grant and sometimes from The Privy Purse, which is not public money. These funds are generated by the Crown Estate and not by the tax generating practices of the government, therefore no tax dollars are paying for state receptions etc. The Crown Estate is not owned by the public or by the state, it is owned by The Crown. The Sovereign Support Grant (SSG) is provided for official expenditure of The Palace, from which entertaining, state dinners etc., are paid for by this means. Though the payment of the SSG is made from HM Treasury, the Crown Estate has paid in over £300m this past year for £45m to be returned in the form of the SSG. The surplus of the funds given by the Crown Estate to HM Treasury, are used by the government for the betterment of the nation.