Royal Watch News
British royals spend 6.1m on travel
Jul 3, 2012, 12:01 GMT
Queen Elizabeth, Prince William and Duchess Catherine
The British royal family spent Â£6.1 million on travel last year.
Among the most expensive tours undertaken by the royals included a nine-day tour of the Middle East and Africa by Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, which cost almost half a million pounds, while the Duke of York spent Â£350,000.
A one way trip by Prince William and his wife Duchess Catherine - in addition to seven accompanying staff - from Los Angeles to London with British Airways cost Â£51,410, for business-class tickets.
Train journeys undertaken by the royal family cost a total of Â£900,000 for 13 journeys, the most expensive of which was by Prince Charles for an overnight regional tour from Ayr through Middlesbrough to London, which cost Â£38,016.
Buckingham Palace accounts also reveal Queen Elizabeth's official expenditure overall increased by Â£200,000 on the previous years, bringing it up to Â£32.3 million.
In total, the monarch cost every British person 52p over the course of the year.
Anti-monarchy group Republic has hit out at the expense, comparing the cost to those of Prime Minister David Cameron.
Chief executive Graham Smith said: 'Compare these travel costs with those of the prime minister, who spent less than Â£500 travelling on Eurostar to a Paris meeting with the former French president last year and just over Â£2,000 on a visit to Afghanistan to meet forces and local leaders.'
FROM THE WEB
Further Reading on M&CKate Middleton Biography -
Kate Middleton Links - M&C is not responsible for the content in external sites
COMMENT on British royals spend 6.1m on travelcomments powered by Disqus
Latest Headlines in Royal Watch
- 1. Princes William and Harry open Help For Heroes centre
- 2. Prince Charles protester fined
- 3. Princes Charles and William to call for poaching action
- 4. Duchess Catherine's etiquette knowledge
- 5. Prince Harry to throw party for US swimmer