BBC mocked for TV licensing letter to 'Current Occupier' of Kew Palace

‘They really are going after the over 75’s!’ BBC is mocked for sending TV licensing letter to ‘The Current Occupier’ of Kew Palace – despite the last resident being King George III in 1820

  • Rachel Mackay posted a picture of the TV licensing letter on Twitter on Thursday 
  • On bank of River Thames in Richmond, it was home to King George III and family
  • Twitter users joked how King George III should pay as over 75s aren’t exempt 

A letter has been sent to ‘The Current Occupier’ of Kew Palace from TV Licensing despite the last resident being King George III. 

Manager of historic royal palaces at Kew Rachel Mackay posted a picture of the envelope marked ‘Action Required Immediately’ on Thursday. 

In a tweet, she said: ‘Oh good, it’s the time of year where I have to explain to the TV Licensing Authority why King George III hasn’t paid his TV licence since 1820.’ 

Manager of historic royal palaces at Kew Rachel Mackay posted a picture of the envelope marked ‘Action Required Immediately’ on Thursday

The palace complex on the banks of the River Thames in Richmonds dates from 1631 and was once home to King George III, Queen Charlotte and their children

The palace complex, on the banks of the River Thames in Richmond, dates from 1631 and was home to George II and Queen Caroline, and then King George III, Queen Charlotte and their children. 

In response, Twitter users have mocked the BBC, joking how he should pay the licence as ‘over 75s aren’t exempt anymore’. 

Over 75s used to be able to get a free TV licence but the scheme was scrapped on August 1, meaning more than 3 million households had to pay the annual £157.50 fee. 

One user said: ‘God, they’re really going after those pensioners, aren’t they? (I’m so sorry, I’m sure two dozen other people have made exactly the same joke.)’

Some Twitter users mocked TV Licensing for the letter after free licences for over 75s was scrapped at the beginning of this month

One user commented how King George III had died more than a century before the TV was invented

A second wrote: ‘I believe that the over 75s are no longer exempt. Pay Up!’ 

Another user commented: ‘Shows how keen they are if they want paying for a century before the TV was invented.’ 

Other users shared gifs of the character King George III in the musical Hamilton or made references to songs sung by the character. 

One Twitter user wrote: ‘Seriously? This is brilliant. Must be a little marketing play you could do in the museum with this.’ 

Other users made references to the musical Hamilton and songs sung by the character of King George III 

Another user responded: ‘They could send someone in an early 19th century outfit to the TV Licensing office, and pretend they don’t know what a TV is, how this letter was written so neatly, etc.’ 

Someone else commented: ‘Please ignore this and let them come round to inspect.’ 

A second person joked: ‘King George III is still alive and lives at Kew Palace?’   

Twitter users made jokes after TV Licensing sent a letter to Kew Palace, where King George III lived in the late 18th and early 19th centuries

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