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Britain's Queen Elizabeth, center, and members of the royal family attend the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in London, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Trooping the Colour is the Queen's Birthday Parade and one of the nation's most impressive and iconic annual events attended by almost every member of the Royal Family. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The British royal family is among the largest and richest in Europe — most of Queen Elizabeth II's immediate family, including several of her cousins, are full-time royals.

According to the monarchy's official website, 16 adults and three children are currently considered full-time members. 

The Queen's activities and her family are largely funded through the Sovereign Grant, which amounted to £82.2 million (about $103 million) in 2018-19. That's a large amount of money, but it also has to cover the renovation of Buckingham Palace, a major 10-year undertaking.

Still, the "firm" — as the family is known in the UK — is getting smaller.

The Queen's second son, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, stepped away from public duties in November 2019 over his relationship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Another bombshell came in January, when Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, decided to quit and work towards financial independence. They attended their last public engagements earlier this week.

Their departure means the number of adult working royals has been cut to 14.

Harry and Meghan will join many of the Queen's other grandchildren who work outside the royal family: Prince Andrew's eldest daughter Princess Beatrice works at the software company Afiniti, while her sister, Princess Eugenie, is a director at the Hauser & Wirth art gallery. Zara Tindall, Princess Anne's daughter, is a successful equestrian. Her brother Peter Phillips has worked in sports management.



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