The budget details from Will and Kate’s recent little family visit to Western Canada are coming in, and as we should’ve guessed, the numbers are fit for royalty.
VICE obtained official numbers through an access to information request, learning that the late September visit rang in at $855,000. We’re no Royals, but the price tag on our 10-day family vacation was a teensy bit lower than that.
Some of the budget line items include $20,000 on the Royal’s personal photographer, $13,000 on hospitality and $50,000 on two float plane rides. Oh, and also $40 on cell phones, which we’re really curious about, because our travel phone bill is always way higher than that. So, some of the expenses we can relate to. Others, not so much.
The numbers VICE acquired also included items given to the Royals by the Trudeaus, including a $500 gift, whatever that is (our guesses included a very intricate piece of macaroni art, a case of Canadian whisky or maybe a sparkly brooch, Royals love brooches); $100 on a bouquet of flowers (ever bought a dozen roses on February 14th? They run close to one hundred bucks, too); and approximately $2,000 on a “legacy gift,” which, also isn’t specifically named. But use your imagination.
Speaking of using your imagination, you’re probably asking yourself, OK, so who is paying for this near $1M bill?
The Canadian government’s website offers some FAQ about the trip, including the burning questions: Who is paying for the tour? And, How much will this Royal Tour cost?
The site points to “cost sharing agreements” that are “being worked out between the Government of Canada and governments of British Columbia and Yukon,” adding that the final costs will be made public once the tour is over. Well, it’s over, isn’t it?
So, the details are murky, but in a way, much of this cash ends up back in the big turning wheel that is the Canadian economy. Much of the dough spent on the Royal tour was being done so at Canadian businesses, like Vancouver Island’s Harbour Air Seaplanes.
And when the Royals come to your hometown, putting you in the international spotlight for over a week, you should probably go all out.
Canada, BC and the Yukon sure did, and it was awesome.