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British Royal Wedding Security Cost 7.2 mn Pounds

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding will involve a gigantic bill: about $42.8 million.

However, most of this money will not be spent on gorgeous flowers, fine hors d’oeuvres or entertainment: It will be spent on the security of the engaged couple, their guests and the thousands of spectators.

According to the British website Bridebook, the cost of security, which includes snipers, undercover police and an anti-drone system, is about $40.1 million, or 94 percent of the total wedding budget.

Even if security costs are not taken into account, this is still an expensive affair. U.K.-based luxury wedding planner Aimee Dunne told CNBC Make It that expenses such as food and drink, the dress, flowers and a glass marquee for the reception will cost about $2.7 million (£2 million). This is 73 times more than the average cost of a wedding in the United Kingdom.

The royal family has announced that it will pay for the “major aspects of the wedding,” namely “the function, associated music, flowers, decorations and the reception afterwards.”

The huge security costs, however, are largely borne by taxpayers. At the wedding of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, the British public contributed an estimated $27 million, which allowed thousands of extra police officers to be deployed for the event.

The bride is likely to contribute as well: Markle reportedly paid six figures for her wedding dress.

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