The Queen is expected to receive a £6m "pay rise" from the taxpayer after the Crown Estate recorded a £24m increase in income. Prince Charles, heir to the Queen, also got a 1.2 per cent pay increase to £20.7m, while cutting his tax bill by 5.1 per cent to £4.7m The taxpayer-funded Sovereign Grant, which pays for costs such as royal household salaries, official travel and the upkeep of royal palaces, is expected to be £82.2m in 2018/19, up just over £6m. Under the grant, the Queen receives a percentage of the Crown Estate profits for her official expenditure, which increased by £2m to almost £42m. Figures from the Crown Estate revealed a £24.7m increase in profits to £328.8m in 2016/17. Royal aides said Queen Elizabeth II and her family provide "excellent value for money," but anti-monarchy republicans argue the true annual cost of the royals to taxpayers is hundreds of millions of pounds. The Queen and the Royal Family's official travel cost the taxpayer £4.5 million during 2016/17, up £500,000, but a royal source has revealed the Queen keeps an eye on travel costs. Not only does the Queen "sign off" all royal travel, the source suggested she comments to her family if the visit is too expensive. It said: "She might have a word in the ear of the principle". The Royal Family have often been criticised for the amount spent on minor royals and travel expenses. Meanwhile poverty continues to grow across Great Britain. .