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article imageOp-Ed: Just who is paying for the royal wedding?

By Tim Sandle     May 18, 2018 in Lifestyle
Windsor - The royal wedding between Prince Henry (otherwise known as Harry) and Rachel Markle (otherwise known as Meghan) will have supporters and detractors. But just how much does the jamboree cost and who is paying for it?
The cost of royal weddings, with assembly of VIPs, tight security and pomp and circumstance, runs into millions. The wedding taking place in May is presented as a private affair, yet there remains a significant impact on the British tax payer. The costs are being looked at by Reality Check, which is a service run by the BBC to review news stories in attempt to ensure stories are accurate and fairly reported.
The wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be held in Windsor, with crowds over over 100,000 well-wishers expected to descend into the town. Windsor is a historic market town in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire, England. The town is relatively salubrious and boasts a Conservative MP. To maintain this respectful image, some of the homeless of Windsor were cleared away for the royal wedding, and those permitted to stay had their belongings confiscated, according to CNN.
Official attendees for the wedding amount to 600 people, with another 200 guests attending the couple's evening reception. Permitted into the grounds of the venue - Windsor Castle - are 1,200 specially selected members of the public. Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire; it is privately owned by the monarch.
Managing these sorts of numbers requires substantial planning, which means security will be the biggest largest expenditure. the BBC's attempt to assess the cost has been hampered by the police refusing to provide the answer on grounds of national security. The fee will be substantial, but not as high as the £6.3 million ($8.5 million) that Prince William's wedding cost to police.
For other costs, the Royal Family has stated it will be paying for the private elements of the wedding, although the Royal Family receives a sum of money drawn from the annual Sovereign Grant, which is paid directly by the government. The 2018 value of the grant is £82 million ($110 million).
A campaign group called Republic, which invokes democratic values in calling for an elected head of state, has submitted a petition calling for taxpayers' money not to be spent on the wedding.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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