Royal Family Australia Tour Leaves Taxpayers Half a Million Bill to Pay For

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Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, flew out from Australia, following their 6-day tour of the country, on Sunday. But it seems Australian taxpayers will be charged close to half a million dollars for the tour.

The Royal couple travelled to Adelaide, the Barossa Valley, Canberra, Sydney, Perth and Albany.

According to Sydney Morning Herald, the office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has confirmed it is covering the costs of the trip.

“The total cost of the visit is not yet known, but it is expected that it will be consistent with past visits,” a spokesperson said.

Included in Charles and Camilla’s hefty bill are $257,000 for transport, $85,000 for meals, accommodation, $66,500 for media, $5500 for hospitality and events, and $23,000 for miscellaneous costs.

The department’s figures do not include the cost of security, which would take the total much higher.

In April 2014, taxpayers were charged $474,000 to host Prince William and his young family, but that was considered a “budget” trip because the costs were spread over 10 days.

This was Charles’ 15th visit to Australia. It was Prince Charles’s fifth visit to Western Australia and the first for the Duchess of Cornwall.

He met Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – a former leader of the Australian Republican Movement – in Canberra on Wednesday.

Prince Charles celebrated his 67th birthday with a beachside barbecue in the Perth suburb on Saturday.

The Guardian reported, “The bells of St. George’s Cathedral in Perth began ringing and the crowd straightened up for The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who attended the service at the heritage-listed Anglican cathedral on the last day of their Australian tour.”

They flew out of Perth on Sunday afternoon. 

The couple concluded their duties at the State War Memorial’s Flame of Remembrance, which was first lit by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.

The past visits referred to are Charles and Camilla’s six-day 2012 trip, which cost $437,057 and Prince William and wife Kate’s 10-day 2014 visit, which totalled $474,000.

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