Posted: Friday, March 18, 2022. 9:00 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: One of the so far unspoken questions about the three-day visit of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is who exactly is paying for it.
The answer is fairly complicated, but in short, Belize will pick up some of the tab – how much is not yet clear.
Town and Country Magazine, citing royal sources, says the host countries along with funds from the Sovereign Grant (money given to the monarchy by the British Treasury), and Britain’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office are jointly bearing the cost. Again, how much is being paid and by whom has yet to be detailed.
In the case of Jamaica according to Town and Country, citing the Jamaica Observer, Minister Robert Morgan said Jamaica would be paying the royals’ security costs but not for the visit itself.
This contrasts with previous visits to Commonwealth realms such as Australia and New Zealand in 2014 and Canada in 2016, where taxpayers of those countries were hit with significant costs – nearly half a million Australian dollars in the case of the former not including security.
For security reasons, the royals’ day-to-day accommodations have not been revealed and neither has their transport arrangements for engagements.
The royals have traditionally used a mix of private aircraft and public flights to get to engagements around Britain and the world and other means for their private excursions from helicopters to luxurious vehicles to the regular train and motorbike.
The last Royal visit was that of Prince Harry for barely 24 hours in 2012; before that, there were less-heralded visits from Anne, Princess Royal, in 2001, and Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in 2002. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II twice visited in 1985 and 1994; Prince Michael, Duke of Kent, was present at Belize’s accession to Independence in 1981, and her sister Princess Margaret visited in 1958 (when the current Princess Margaret Drive was opened and named after her). The sole member of the family yet to visit is the Queen’s heir Charles, Prince of Wales.
Notably, no breakdown of costs for these visits has ever been released.
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