Dennis Stuart is right that, far from having served us for 50 years, it is the Queen who has been served by her subjects (Letters, March 29).

Another myth the monarchists peddle is how many public engagements our royals undertake every year.

In one day, a royal might open a new office, look in on a school, visit the WI then, after lunch with a business group, visit a charity, greet a few homeless people and visit a hospital.

The evening is spent at a reception and dinner hosted by another organisation.

For a busy day with two free meals, the royal is credited with eight public engagements.

Nice work if you can get it but only family members need apply.

-Peter Allen, High Salvington, Worthing