Travel, for the British royal family, is no pedestrian task. Although the Queen never has to worry about carrying a passport, the ease stops there; from the requisite security phalanx to the private jets, an international trip for the House of Windsor is a considerable to-do. (Kate and William do always break this one royal family travel rule, however.) But exactly how much money does it cost to subsidize the royal family’s business life abroad? (Here are 10 royal family traditions you should try this year.)
The Express took a look at the numbers behind the family’s travel expenses and the tab is sizable. According to the details of the royal accounts, the royal family cost the taxpayers of the United Kingdom £4.5 million or just shy of $6 million in 2016/2017. It should be noted that the taxpayer is held responsible for trips which pertain to official business, so any old trip to Dave & Buster’s will not be covered. (This is why Prince William and Kate Middleton never show PDA.)
The most costly trip of the year was a trip taken by Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; their nine-day tour of Romania, Italy, and Austria in late March/early April ran up a bill of £154,000 or $204,000. The budget has increased by approximately £500,000 ($664,000) from the previous year’s total. Not surprisingly, the Queen has the largest entourage, with 34 people in tow for any given trip.
Originally published as This Is How Much the British Royal Family Spent on Travel This Year on ReadersDigest.com.