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There are times when royals are relatably “just like us,” but not when they say “I do.”
Royal weddings are lavish affairs featuring priceless heirlooms, iconic dresses, television crews broadcasting the events around the world, and crowds so big that security costs alone add up to millions of dollars.
The British government pays for security, by far the most expensive element, and not all taxpayers are happy with this arrangement. A YouGov survey found that 57% of British adults think that the royal family should pay for policing and security for the big day in addition to the wedding. Just 1% of respondents think the government should pay for the entire event.
The royal family pays for the wedding itself, and oftentimes the bride will cover the cost of her dress.
Here’s an estimation of how much each of the more recent major royal weddings in the UK have cost.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding has an estimated cost of $2.5 million
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank married at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the same place where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said “I do” earlier this year.
According to InStyle, most of the wedding’s expected $2.5 million price tag will be security costs, though the party itself will likely cost more than $130,000.
Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding cost a reported $34 million
It was estimated that security alone cost the couple $33 million dollars, according to ABC News. Their two receptions cost about $800,000. They also splurged on a traditional white buttercream wedding cake and a chocolate cookie groom’s cake which reportedly cost, in total, $80,000.
Luckily, they got to say “I do” in Westminster Abbey for free and their reception venue, Buckingham Palace, didn’t cost them a dime.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials cost a total of $45.8 million
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Of the reported $45 million dollar wedding, Bride Book estimated that security alone cost $43 million, including snipers, undercover police, military technology, and security drones. Their flowers added up to an estimated $157,600, and the food and drinks cost about $686,000.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding would have cost $110 million dollars today
Due to inflation, this “wedding of the century” would have cost about $110 million dollars today.
Like all royal weddings, they also spent a majority on security for the celebrations, but a good chunk of it also went to Diana’s dress, which was fitted with a 25-foot train and covered in 10,000 pearls, as well as the 225-pound, 5-foot-tall cake.
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