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Royals burning a major hole in British tax payer's pocket by travelling king-size
Buckingham Palace accounts have revealed that the first official trip on the new 'cost-cutting' royal jet will cost the British taxpayers £154,000.

This is the invoice for the trip Prince Charles and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall took this March on a tour to Romania, Italy and Austria, slated as the single most expensive journey taken by a member of the Royal Family in the past year.

The cost of refitting the plane in which they travelled – a Royal Air Force (RAF) operated converted Voyager – nicknamed Cam Force One (after former PM David Cameron) alone was £10 million.

Although officials are yet to receive the bill of Charles's nine-day trip from the RAF, the cost is likely to be around £154,000.

In all, royal travel cost the people of the United Kingdom a whopping £4.5 million in 2016-17 – an increase of £500,000 or 12 per cent from the previous year.

The UK royals clocked 65 overseas trips which included far flung places like India, Bhutan, Malaysia and Bahrain.

The trip to India and Bhutan undertaken by Prince William and his wife Kate –the Duchess of Cambridge – in April last year, proved to be the second most expensive royal outing of the year costing a total £97,703 which included hiring a private jet for domestic travel within the two countries.

Kate and William raked up another major travel bill of £24,241 after a jet was hired for their trip to France for Somme commemorations, although, they could have opted to travel by the much cheaper Eurostar. Later, Prince William's two-day visit to Vietnam in November cost another £37,334.

Prince Andrew (the Duke of York and younger brother of Prince Charles) was no behind when it came to clocking air miles. The Duke of York clocked 100,000 miles in 12 months with scheduled flights to Malaysia (cost £21,831), Turkey (£36,990), Mozambique and Botswana (£56,470 - £27,770 on schedule flights and £28,700 on a private jet).

In the month of May, Charles and Camilla spent £42,960 on planes while on their official visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Another £73,297 were spent on hiring a charter plane to take Charles to the funeral of former Israeli president Shimon Peres, while his trip to the Middle East cost £92,605.

Princess Anne's (the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II) visit to Russia cost the British taxpayer another £40,655 – the money was spent on hiring a private jet.

On the other hand, the royal train, which costs the country almost £900,000 a year, was used just 14 times in the 12-month period.

Prince Philip spent £18,690 in travelling to Devon to attend a dinner, while his visit to Wales for opening the National Assembly cost another £19,080.

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