Five noteworthy aspects of Britain's tough spending plan

Britain announced budget cuts Wednesday that are part of a five-year austerity plan and the largest public spending reductions since World War II. Cuts will average 19 percent for most departments, but welfare benefits take a strong hit and some departments' budgets will be trimmed by as much as 23 percent.

The Queen

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II addresses a crowd in the gardens at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland September 16.

Even the royal household will take a hit in this period of austerity. The queen’s spending will be reduced by 14 percent in 2012-13, a decrease of about $7.9 million, and she has agreed to one-year freeze in spending for this year. She typically receives about $47.4 million a year, $12.5 million of which comes in a grant funded by taxpayers.

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