For weeks we have been hearing about the Royal Wedding. From everything to fashion, the guest list, etc. However, everyone is keeping a closed mouth about the cost. After some research I was shocked that the cost was 34 million dollars. Yes, I said it, $34,000,000. You’ll be surprised to find out what cost the most money.
Here’s the breakdown:
Cleaning: $64,000. The British taxpayers get to pay for cleaning up after the one million people who are expected to come out and witness the big day.
Flowers: $800,000. The Queen and Prince Charles are sharing the tab to adorn Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.
Wedding Ring: $11,000. Prince William opened up his own wallet to buy Kate a simple but elegant gold band. Of course he didn’t have to fork out for an engagement ring. He gave Kate the one worn by his late mother, Princess Diana. It is now valued at $1 million.
Wedding Cake: $80,000. Prince Charles is writing the check for the two cakes — traditional cream for Kate and white fruit cake for William. That works out to $134 per slice!
Wedding Gown: $434,000. Kate’s parents are paying for her gown, reportedly designed by Sophie Cranston, plus additional outfits she’ll wear to the receptions.
Receptions: $600,000. The Queen is hosting a luncheon reception immediately after the wedding for 600 of the estimated 1,900 who will attend the ceremony. A lucky 300 guests have been invited to the dinner reception hosted by the father of the groom.
Security: $32 million. The British taxpayers are on the hook for this. Thousands of police officers will be stationed along the bridal procession route and military personnel will also be protecting visiting foreign royals and dignitaries.
Prince William and Kate Middletown are to be married at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011, which has been declared a bank holiday in celebration. $34 million and a holiday!? These two better stay together forever.
By J.L. Murray.