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Queen Elizabeth's visit cost British city 220k
Jan 11, 2013, 16:02 GMT
Queen Elizabeth's visit to Leicester cost the British city nearly Â£220,000 last year.
Leicestershire Police have revealed it spent more than Â£34,000 to police the crowds who turned out in force to see the monarch kick off her Diamond Jubilee tour of the country in March, adding to the Â£185,851 the city council and De Montfort University splashed out on the occasion.
A police spokeswoman told the Leicester Mercury newspaper: 'The total cost to police the visit was Â£34,125 and that covers all expenses including officers' overtime.'
The visit saw the queen, Prince Philip and Duchess Catherine - who was known as Kate Middleton prior to her and Prince William's nuptials - took in the city, the university and cathedral.
Despite some criticism about the cost of the queen's visit from pressure group Republic - which found out the total cost of the visit through Freedom of Information Act requests - the city's mayor Sir Peter Soulsby insists the sum was a 'small price to pay' for hosting the royal.
He said: 'It's great value for money. So many thousands of people from Leicestershire came to the city to enjoy the visit and they had the most wonderful day.
'It was a great honour for the city to be chosen by the queen to start her jubilee tour. The cost was a small price to pay for having the honour of being the first place on the jubilee tour.'
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