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Flights for Prince Charles’ and the Duchess of Cornwall’s recent European tour may have cost over £150,000, according to Buckingham Palace accounts.
The couple used the ministerial jet for their nine-day tour of Europe between March and April 2017.
Buckingham Palace accounts reveal the flights for the trip cost roughly £154,000, according to the Independent, which added that “a royal source stressed this figure was the highest of a number of estimates they had for the price of using the plane, but that they believed the cost would come down.”
The jet was converted from an RAF A330 Voyager refuelling aircraft in a £10 million refit for its new role under former Prime Minister David Cameron in an effort to save money on official trips.
Her Majesty the Queen is understood to take priority for use of the plane, followed by Charles, the Prime Minister, and government ministers.
Below, Charles and Camilla arrive in Vienna, Austria, on the eighth day of their European tour.
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The Prince and Duchess faced criticism earlier this year for booking the jet for their European charm offensive, following the triggering of Article 50.
The jet was reportedly flying half empty between destinations for the royal couple’s soft diplomatic duties, while Prime Minister Theresa May was forced to hire a costly Boeing 757 from a charter firm for her three-day trip to the Middle East, where she was to conduct crucial new trade agreements.