How much does it cost for them to fly on official trips?


Traveling like royalty comes with a king-sized price tag. GoBankingRates.com looked at how much it costs British taxpayers to send the British royal family overseas and around the United Kingdom on official trips in recent years.

The study did not drill down into the travel costs for official trips by Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, who have made official visits to Ireland, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.  But after stepping down as full-time working royals earlier this month, the couple will soon be traveling on their own dime – or on friends’ private jets.

But here’s a look at the cost of past trips by the queen and her family:

Israel

Total cost of trip: $96,958

Who went: Prince Charles

Method of travel: Charter

Members of the royal family don’t often travel to Israel, but Prince Charles traveled there in late January for the fifth World Holocaust Forum. He also went there in September 2016 for the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, alongside heads of state from other countries such as then-President Barack Obama.

Charter flights from Aberdeen to Ben Gurion Airport and back made the trip a costly one. But it gave Prince Charles a rare opportunity to visit the grave of his paternal grandmother while in Jerusalem.

France

Prince Harry, Duchess Kate and Prince William traveled to France in June 2016 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme in World War I.

Total cost of trip: $63,496

Who went: Prince William and Duchess Kate, Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla

Method of travel: Charter

On June 30, 2016, Prince William and Kate Middleton winged their way to France in the company of William’s brother, Prince Harry, on the eve of the Battle of the Somme Centenary commemorations.

The three young members of the royal family were among thousands who gathered at the Thiepval Memorial the following day to honor those who fell during one of the bloodiest battles of World War I. They were joined on July 1 by Prince Charles and Camilla, along with Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester.

Blame separate charter flights for the two generations of royals for the high price tag on this short trip across the English Channel.

Vietnam

Prince William plays soccer with local schoolboys in Hanoi during his two-day visit to Vietnam in November 2016.

Total cost of trip: $49,383

Who went: Prince William

Method of travel: Scheduled flight

Prince William took the time to kick a soccer ball around with some local schoolchildren during his first official FCO visit to Vietnam, which is one of the most budget-friendly vacation spots. But the three-day trip was anything but a vacation.

His flight from London touched down in Hanoi on Nov. 15, 2016, and the visit focused on efforts to protect endangered wildlife. Prince William, who is president of United for Wildlife, met with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc before attending a two-day international conference on the illegal wildlife trade.

Oman, UAE and Bahrain

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla are welcomed to the Bait Al Noor church in Muscat, Oman, in 2016, by the country's future sultan, Haitham bin Tariq Al Said (center right).

Total cost of trip: $96,224

Who went: Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla

Method of travel: Charter

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, had a packed schedule during their official FCO visit to the Middle East. The couple attended 50 engagements in Oman, the UAE and Bahrain between Nov. 4 and 11, 2016.

Chartered flights from Royal Air Force Brize Norton to Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Bahrain made it an expensive trip as well as a busy one. But Prince Charles and Camilla appeared to get the most out of their extended visit. Along the way, Camilla befriended a tiny owl, Prince Charles took part in a traditional Omani sword dance and both found time to do some shopping.

London

Prince Philip waves from inside the royal train carriage as the royal party prepare to leave Edinburgh's Waverley Station in Scotland in September 2015.

Total cost of trip: $26,635

Who went: The queen and the Duke of Edinburgh

Method of travel: Royal Train

Even traveling within the United Kingdom can come with a hefty price tag, as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s trip to the National Vigil at Westminster Abbey goes to show.

The couple took the Royal Train to attend the service and vigil, during which Her Majesty the Queen placed a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior on the eve of June 30, 2016, marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Afterward, the train rolled on, carrying the queen and Prince Philip to their Edinburgh residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Lancashire and Yorkshire, U.K.

Even regional trips within the U.K. can be costly. Prince Charles' two-day trip to Lancashire and Yorkshire in March 2017 cost more than $60,000.

Total cost of trip: $60,894

Who went: Prince Charles

Method of travel: Royal Train

Prince Charles hopped aboard the Royal Train to partake in two packed days of engagements on March 20 and 21, 2017, making numerous stops throughout Lancashire and Yorkshire.

The trip included visits to the D. Byrne & Co. Wine Shop and Cowmans Famous Sausage Shop in Clitheroe, along with a selection of retailers from the Clitheroe Annual Food Festival. The Prince of Wales then went on to visit BAE systems in Samlesbury and stopped in at Dewlay Ltd. to see the artisanal cheese-making process.

Though the trip was strictly a domestic one, it was costly all the same. The Sunday Post was quick to skewer the journey’s high price tag, noting that the cost of the Royal Train voyage clocked in at roughly $126 per mile.

Dorchester, U.K.

Prince Charles jokes with his father, Prince Philip, before an event in Poundbury, England, in October 2016.

Total cost of trip: $29,147

Who went: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla

Method of travel: Royal Train

While the price tag might seem steep for a trip of less than 140 miles, the royal family’s visit to Dorchester on Oct. 26 to 27, 2016, was an emotional one. The queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by Prince Charles and Camilla, took the Royal Train to Poundbury, an experimental new town of sorts that began construction in 1993, based on Prince Charles’s vision for a better-quality living environment.

Prince Charles and Camilla officially opened The Duchess of Cornwall Inn, a pub for the new community in the aptly named Queen Mother Square. The Prince of Wales also gave a speech at the opening of Queen Mother Square, inviting the queen to unveil the square’s statue of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

Russia

Princess Anne, right, has made numerous trips to Russia on behalf of her mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Total cost of trip: $53,998

Household: Princess Anne

Method of travel: Charter

According to the Telegraph, no member of the royal family has made more trips to Russia than Anne, Princess Royal – the second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II.

Her official FCO visit on Aug. 30 to 31, 2016, took her to the northern city of Arkhangelsk to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the First Arctic Convoy, which carried essential supplies between Britain and the Soviet Union during World War II. Princess Anne was accompanied on the trip by her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.

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