Back in November, we discussed how the Department of Canadian Heritage projected it would spend 855,000 CAD on Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s 2016 tour of Canada. Well, some more figures have come out from the RCMP and British Columbia on the amount they spent hosting the Cambridges for 8 days: 2M and 613K, respectively.
During the 8-day tour, from September 24 to October 1, the RCMP spent 2 million CAD to protect the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Most of that was spent on pay and overtime with about a fourth spent on travel.
“The RCMP says it spent about $2 million on policing costs during last year’s eight-day visit to British Columbia and Yukon by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two young children. The total bill was released following a federal Access to Information request for RCMP costs during the visit that began Sept. 24. But the total could still change if additional expenditures are added later this year, the documents say.
“The records show the largest expenses were connected to pay, overtime and travel costs, which totalled about $1.9 million. RCMP pay and overtime was pegged at $1.37 million. But the amounts for regular pay and overtime pay are not separated. The documents also do not provide the number of RCMP officers assigned to the tour. The documents also report almost $73,000 in pay and overtime for other police costs. Municipal police departments in the Victoria and Vancouver areas were involved in the royal visit.
“The RCMP’s travel bill was $532,097, the documents say.”
British Columbia took on some of the costs of the tour, which landed the total cost to the BC tax payers at 613,363.93 CAD.
“A picture may be worth a thousand words. And thousands of pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children enjoying British Columbia cost tax payers $613,363.93. […] Through a cost sharing agreement with the Government of Canada, B.C. has picked up part of the costs associated with site assessments at each location as well as media transportation, accommodation, and tours. […] The expenses not only included the royal visit, but a dry run for royal, provincial and federal staff along with a media site trip. […]
“The largest part of the government of B.C.`s bill includes $102,260.18 for administrative services and supplies. Hospitality ($53,224.57), media operations and services ($46,134.41) and travel for B.C. government officials and staff ($74,186.26) made up a bulk of that bill. As for the royal family’s accommodation at Government House in Victoria — that cost $41,798.65, with an additional $3,344.76 for protocol gifts.
“British Columbia also picked up the $45,205.64 tab for the royal family flying to and from Canada from the United Kingdom, along with the costs of travel while in British Columbia. This part of the bill also includes the travel costs associated with royal staff.”
Yukon’s Department of Tourism and Culture reported costs of 11,754.76 CAD for the time the Duke and Duchess spent in Whitehorse and Carcross.
Between the 855,000 CAD projected cost from the Department of Canadian Heritage, the 2 million CAD from the RCMP, and 613,363.93 CAD from BC and 11,754.76 CAD from Yukon, that puts the total cost of William and Kate’s tour at about 3,480,119 CAD. That’s about 2,653,915 USD or 2,178,361 GBP.
I’ll be interested to know the total cost of Harry’s tour of the Caribbean in order to compare costs.