Luckily, she's staying at Sandringham as the weather gets colder. A report by an influential committee of MPs says that the Queen's heating system at Buckingham Palace is sixty years old and costing a fortune
The Queen has already opened the doors of Buckingham Palace to visitors with a chance to wander round the royal corridors available in the summer months. But the committee says that brings in around half a million pounds every year while other royal buildings do far better - the Tower of London made £2 million in the same year from ticket sales. Now the committee is suggesting that the Royal Household look at ways to make efficiencies as well as exploring methods of bringing in more cash.
Open all hours? A group of MPs suggested the Royal Household should find ways of making more money after overspends in recent times
The Queen has enjoyed huge popularity in recent years
This controversy over royal finances is small compared to previous criticisms and the fact that it is focused on the way the Queen's budget is managed for her, rather than on what the royals themselves are spending, means that the negative press reaction hasn't, so far, hit the House of Windsor directly. But it does open up a vein of criticism that had lain dormant for a long time. It will be interesting to see how the Royal Household reacts.