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Royal trips to Republic and NI cost over £80,000

Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

Two high-profile royal visits to the island of Ireland cost more than £80,000 in travel expenses.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall toured Belfast, Coleraine and Omagh, and Cork and Kerry, in June 2018. Travel costs for the trip, including a staff planning visit, were £56,791.

Separately, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge came to Belfast in February this year. Travel expenses for this visit totalled £23,325.

The figures were disclosed in the Royal Family's financial accounts for the 2018/19 year.

The accounts show the most expensive trip in the last year was taken by Charles and Camilla, who flew on the official ministerial jet RAF Voyager to the Caribbean, at the request of the Government, costing more than £415,000.

The cost included journeys made by royal aides who helped plan the visit.

Charles also travelled to West Africa, visiting Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria last autumn in a trip costing £216,000.

Accounts for the Sovereign Grant, which funds the Queen and her household's official expenses, show the monarchy cost the taxpayer £67m during 2018/19 - up almost £20m on the previous financial year.

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