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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.

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Source:: Business Insider


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