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Friday, 29 May 2015

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Royal trip to Cumbria cost more than £20k, Buckingham Palace accounts reveal

MEMBERS of the Royal Family made 47 official trips costing at least £10,000 each in the last tax year - including one to Cumbria.

The Queen and the Princess Royal are met by the Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria Mrs Claire Hensman upon arriving at Oxenholme Station on Wednesday July 17 2014.

Buckingham Palace accounts reveal the total travel bill of £4.2 million included £1.5 million on helicopter flights, £1.8 million on plane journeys, £700,000 on rail trips and £200,000 travelling by car.

£22,623 was spent on a return trip by the Queen on the Royal Train from Windsor to Oxenholme, Cumbria, to meet members of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment in July last year.

Some of the other royal trips in 2013-14 included:

  • £46,198 on chartered flights taking the Earl and Countess of Wessex on a Foreign Office trip to Sofia, Bucharest and Ljubljana in June;
  • £10,092 on a return chartered flight for the Duke of York to travel to Munster in Germany to mark the withdrawal of British forces in July;
  • £10,888 on scheduled flights taking Prince Harry from Heathrow to Washington, Denver and New York before returning to London in May.
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