Since there's a wedding tomorrow, I thought I would highlight a small part of the expenditure of the Royal Family.
The Royal Family receive a travel grant of £7.3 million from the Department for Transport, £1 million of which they spend on rail travel.
The journeys detailed below all used the Royal Train for non-essential visits, not the performance of necessary tasks.
Below is the list of Royal Train journeys in 2009/10 that cost over £10,000 (so any £9,000 journeys will not show up):
- On 2 April, Prince Charles took the Royal Train from Euston to Oxenholme in the Lake District at a cost of £14,756. The most expensive ticket you could possibly buy on a normal train is £207.50.
- The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh took the Royal Train from Euston to Wigan on 21 May at a cost of £17,559 the most expensive normal ticket? £199.50.
- On 5 June, Prince Charles was back in the train, this time traveling from Aberdeen to Portsmouth. A long way, but was it really worth the £23,792 it cost?
- Charles was back in the train on 8 June, this time spending £23,830 traveling from Aberdeen to Gillingham.
- Prince Philip and the Queen took the Royal Train to Euston to Weymouth on 10 June, at a cost of £16,367.
- The Queen was back on the rails on 25 June, this time traveling to Edinburgh from Euston at a mere cost of £19,541.
- Charles borrowed the train on 6 September for trip to Kemble at a cost of £19,492 and again on 10 September to head to Exeter, at a cost of £19,747.
- October 8, Charles and Camilla used the train to commute from Scotland to London costing £22,447.
- Charles was back in the train again on 22 October, costing £21,665.
- The Queen used the train on 5 November to travel from London to Newcastle for the bargain price of £18,348.
- An essential Royal Train trip on 7 December to the Royal Variety Performance for the Queen cost £21,002.
- On February 3, Charles spent £36,185 on a trip to Llandovery.
- On February 17, £24,637 on a trip to Stoke.
- The Queen used the train on 10 March to travel to Exeter, costing £17,595.
- Charles and Camilla nipped to Oxenholme again on 30 March costing £16,209.
- The Queen travelled to Derby a day later, costing £13,596.
Given that the Royals are happy to fly from Moscow to London at a cost of a mere £13,070 (16 December), why is it that it costs over twice as much to travel to Wales on their train?
Is this really a good use of money?
Oh ok, I'd better make it jazz-related. About the same amount of money is spent every year on these jolly Royal train excursions as is spent on all of UK jazz.
Enjoy the street parties.
Source: British Monarchy