Police in Windsor apply for extra cash to cover the £2million cost of security at Princess Eugenie’s wedding
- Police ask Home Office for more money to help cover cost of two royal weddings
- Eugenie’s wedding comes five months after Harry married Meghan in Windsor
- Members of the public invited into Windsor Castle grounds for Friday’s wedding
- Carriage procession through town after service will also increase security costs
Police are applying for more money from the Home Office to help cover the cost of Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank, it was revealed today.
Thames Valley Police is responsible for the huge security operation around the second royal wedding of the year at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle this Friday.
The force said it was requesting the extra money following the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in May, with the cost for that having ‘not yet been finalised’.
Police officers patrol Windsor ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May
The cost of policing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s day was between £2million and £4million, but police have declined to give an estimate for Eugenie’s wedding.
Thames Valley Police deputy police and crime commissioner Matthew Barber told Sky News: ‘The policing of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding was a complicated operation involving a number of organisations.
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‘The cost incurred by Thames Valley and other forces has not yet been finalised.
‘Once finalised, Thames Valley Police will release the information and we will submit a formal special grant request to the Home Office in due course.’
Mounted police on the Long Walk in Windsor in May ahead of Harry and Meghan’s wedding
The cost of policing Eugenie’s wedding has been increased by members of the public being invited into the castle grounds and a carriage procession in the town.
But while the carriage ride will have increased the security costs, the route will not take Eugenie and Jack up the Long Walk like Harry and Meghan.
The force said visitors can expect to see more armed and unarmed officers, search dogs and its mounted section ahead of the wedding and on the big day.
Thames Valley Police has also put in place CCTV, automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology and hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) barriers.
The cost of policing Harry and Meghan’s day in Windsor was between £2million and £4million
In addition it warned that visitors may be stopped and checked by roads policing officers, and British Transport Police will be patrolling train stations and carriages.
The Royal Family is paying for the wedding and reception – but Buckingham Palace said security was a matter for the police, and so they will not be funding policing.
Republic, a campaigning group working for an elected head of state, has criticised the security cost to the taxpayer, saying estimates have put the bill at £2million.
Its petition urging the Government to commit no public money to the wedding for the ninth in line to the throne has more than 35,000 signatures.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, pictured in January, will marry in Windsor this Friday
It said: ‘The exact details of royal wedding funding are shrouded in secrecy, but we do know at the very least that expensive road closures and policing will be required.
‘And we know local councils and the taxpayer will end up footing the bill. Taxpayers should not be funding a private wedding, no matter who is getting married.’
More than 800 guests will gather at St George’s Chapel on Friday, five months after Harry and Meghan staged their star-studded nuptials in the same venue.
Just like Harry and Meghan’s, Eugenie’s wedding to drinks executive Mr Brooksbank will be screened live on television, but by ITV rather than the BBC.
The Queen and the rest of the royal family will be out in force for the celebration for Eugenie, the daughter of the Duke of York and his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York.
Like Meghan and Harry’s wedding, around 1,200 members of the public have been given balloted invites to the castle’s Lower Ward.
They will be joined by charity representatives, children from Eugenie’s old schools, and Royal Household staff.
Buckingham Palace said it had received more than 100,000 applications from members of the public wanting to share the couple’s big day.
Everything you need to know about Eugenie and Jack’s royal wedding
THE WEDDING OF PRINCESS EUGENIE AND JACK BROOKSBANK
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018 – 11AM – ST GEORGE’S CHAPEL, WINDSOR
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank will be married at Windsor Castle
Princess Eugenie will soon wed fiance Jack Brooksbank – the latest grandchild of the Queen to marry their long-term partner.
Eugenie and Jack may not be household names like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who married in May, but their big day will be just as important to the monarchy.
At its heart, the wedding will be a happy family event with the proud parents the Duke and Duchess of York watching as their daughter marries.
But the world will be watching the occasion, eager to see the bride and groom, the royal women – from the Queen to the Duchess of Cambridge – and the pomp and pageantry of the day.
Eugenie has already spoken of her nerves ahead of the royal nuptials and how the day will be an ‘anti-plastic’ wedding.
She said in a recent interview: ‘It’s very nerve-wracking because you want it to be perfect but then you realise that you’re going to be with the person you love forever and nothing else really matters.’
Princess Eugenie, the Queen’s granddaughter, shows her engagement ring in January
Some details have been released about the wedding ceremony which will take place on October 12 in the medieval surroundings of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where royalty have married for decades.
The Dean of Windsor, David Conner, will marry the couple while the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, will lead the prayers. It has been reported that 800 guests will be at the wedding service.
Like Meghan and Harry’s wedding, also staged at St George’s, 1,200 members of the public have been invited into the castle grounds to enjoy the occasion, and it is likely the service will be broadcast live to the lucky group.
Buckingham Palace said they had received more than 100,000 applications from members of the public wanting to share in the couple’s big day.
Princess Beatrice (left) Princess Eugenie (centre) and Jack Brooksbank (right) at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in May
There may be a few famous faces among the guests from singer Ellie Goulding and model Cara Delevingne, to the children of Sir Richard Branson, Holly and Sam, who are all friends of the princess.
Harry’s former girlfriends, Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas, are also likely to attend as they know the bride-to-be well.
Eugenie’s sister Princess Beatrice is likely to be the maid of honour and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are expected to be among the pageboys and bridesmaids.
Mr Brooksbank’s younger brother Tom is reportedly his best man while the Queen’s party planner and cousin Lady Elizabeth Anson is said to be helping the bride and her mother Sarah, Duchess of York, prepare for the big day.
Eugenie and Jack at the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews in May 2017
After the service the newlyweds will ride in a carriage through the streets of Windsor as Harry and Meghan did, but their route will not be as long.
Crowds are expected to watch the couple as they travel along Castle Hill, High Street and Park Street.
The Queen is expected to host a wedding reception for her granddaughter at Windsor Castle and it has been reported the evening celebrations will be staged at Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.
The property is the family home of Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah, who remain close despite being divorced.
The cost to the taxpayer of the royal nuptials has been criticised by Republic, a campaigning group working for an elected head of state. Republic claims estimates have put the security costs alone at £2 million for the event.
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