In other news of the Queen, Her Majesty has been tightening her belt. The Windsors saved more than $8 million in expenses for travel and the upkeep of their eight palaces last year, Buckingham Palace said Monday. The Royal Family didn’t exactly take to bicycles, like the more laid-back Scandinavian Royals. But economies included fewer trips on the royal train and renting a modern helicopter instead of flying to engagements — or between palaces — in two Royal Air Force helicopters. The royal scrimping is all part of a concerted effort to make the monarchy less expensive, more open and more modern.