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RCMP tab for royal visit to B.C. tops $2 million

Prince William and Kate wave as they tour the Carving House at the Haida Heritage Centre in Haida Gwaii on Sept. 30. - Andrew Hudson / Black Press
Prince William and Kate wave as they tour the Carving House at the Haida Heritage Centre in Haida Gwaii on Sept. 30.
— image credit: Andrew Hudson / Black Press

The RCMP says it spent about $2 million on policing costs during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's eight-day visit to B.C. and Yukon last fall.

The total bill was released following a federal Access to Information request for RCMP costs during the visit that began Sept. 24.

The records show the largest expenses were connected to pay, overtime and travel costs, which totalled about $1.9 million.

The B.C. government is expected to release its final costs for the tour on Jan. 13, while the federal government has yet to release its final tally.

Ottawa released a budget estimate of $855,800 last October.

Prince William and Kate visited several communities in B.C. and Yukon, with one of the highlights coming when they attended a garden party at Government House in Victoria with their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The Canadian Press

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