There is a lot of media hype surrounding the upcoming marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton in the British Royal Family. Many people are looking forward to what dress Kate will be wearing, how the ceremony and celebration will play out and who will end up attending the wedding. Reports state that an estimated audience of two billion people will tune into the wedding on the morning of April 29, 2011.
With all this attention surrounding the Royal Family, Canadians are beginning to wonder if we are paying for any of this. I did some research and found a very interesting report from the The Monarchist League of Canada dated from July 2009.
- Canada’s Royal Family and Vice-Regal officeholders together undertake significantly more than 4,000 engagements a year.
- The report calculates that the total cost of the Canadian Crown in 2007 was $50,146,896 or $1.53 per Canadian.
- The Monarchy costs residents of the United Kingdom (a unitary state of compact size) a total of £38 million in 2007 ($76.7 million, or $1.26 per person).
- By way of comparison, the Canadian Monarchy costs Canadians less than the Senate ($2.45 per person), about the same as the National Gallery of Canada ($1.43 per person) and a little more than the Library of Parliament ($1.02 per person).
- The same accounts indicate that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation cost Canadians $1,114,053,000 ($33/Canadian).
- The current Civil List for the Belgian Monarchy is €13.8 million ($22.6 million) or $2.18 per Belgian resident. The 2007 budget accorded the Spanish Royal House by the Cortes was €8.66 million ($14.4 million) or $.35 per Spanish resident.
Overall, the cost of Canada’s Sovereign and eleven Governors is comparable to the monarchies of other Western nations.