Cost of Prince William’s Marriage to Kate Middleton: $34 Million

London, England – When Kate Middleton married Crown Prince William, the wedding became one of the most expensive if not the most expensive wedding in history. However, lest anyone thing that the royal couple celebrated a lavish wedding a la Madonna & Sean Penn, Kanye West & Kim Kardashian, and George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin, they would be incorrect. Despite the fact that the wedding costs topped $34 million, fully $32 million of that was taken up with security measures which have become essential in a post 9-11 era. Put in that context, the wedding was relatively modest especially given the fact that it involved the future King of England.

So what did the remainder of the budget get spent on? For starters, the flowers which adorned the prestigious venue tallied up an $800,000 bill. The next highest cost was the wedding gown for the future Duchess of Cambridge. It is estimated to have cost $434,000. The wedding cake itself cost $80,000. Between the cake, gown, and flowers, the couple spent more than the average lifetime income of a typical high school graduate in the United States.

Aside from those items, much of the remaining wedding charges had to deal with the sheer logistical issues involved with feeding and entertaining 2,000 invited guests for the wedding ceremony, and 600 guests for the wedding reception. Again, it is important to take into account the fact that security played a major role in the cost of the wedding. A generation ago, Prince Charles married Lady Diana in a wedding ceremony which exceeded $48 million and security did not account for 94% of the cost of the celebration. Thus far, the money has proven to be well spent as the couple are very happy and are raising a nurturing family with a second child on the way.

According reports, the British government tourist authority VisitBritain predicted the wedding would trigger a tourism boom that would last several years, eventually pulling in an additional 4 million visitors and generating £2 billion. However, VisitBritain’s head of research and forecasting, David Edwards, suggested to colleagues two days after the engagement was announced that the evidence points to royal weddings having a negative impact on inbound tourism. He noted that the number of visitors to Britain was down significantly in July 1981, when Prince Charles and Diana were married, from the same period in other years, and also July 1986, when Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson were married, was down from July 1985.

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Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton
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