Royal Visit 2016 Costs Include $20K For Tour Photographer: Documents

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Canadian taxpayers paid approximately $855,600 for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to tour around B.C. and the Yukon, according to documents obtained by Vice News.

The royal couple embarked on their second official visit of Canada between Sept. 24 and Oct. 1.

Figures revealed through an access-to-information request show:

  • $40,000 was budgeted for accommodations for the royals’ 14 staff members
  • $50,000 for float plane transportation
  • $20,000 for a photographer.

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Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, leave the MacBride Museum of Yukon History in Whitehorse, Yukon on Sept. 28. (Photo: REX/Shutterstock)

The eight-day tour saw Prince William and Catherine visit various charities and First Nation communities.

In documents obtained by an Ottawa-based researcher through an access-to-information request, a “dry-run” of the visit seven weeks earlier cost $116,000, reported The National Post.


In addition to RCMP protection, the British royals also brought along their own security — specially-trained Metropolitan Police Service officers from London.

“Security costs for protection of visiting members of the Royal Family while in Canada are covered through the RCMP's existing operational budget. For security reasons, we can't provide a detailed breakdown of these costs,” RCMP said in a statement to CBC News.

Cost sharing agreements” split the bill between the federal and B.C. and Yukon governments. Vice News reports each province contributed $15,000.

prince william kate familyThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take part in a tea party with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, in Victoria, B.C. on Sept. 29. (Photo: Jonathan Hayward/Pool/Reuters)

At the end of the tour, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would commemorate the royal tour by making a $100,000 contribution to charities helping indigenous youth and immigrants.

The couple's previous visit to Canada in 2011 as newlyweds cost Canadian taxpayers an estimated $1.2 million. They made stops in P.E.I., Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories over nine days.

The final cost of the 2016 tour has not yet been released by Heritage Canada.

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