The Royal Family are one of the most well-travelled monarchies in the world, jetting off for both business and personal trips year-round. With so much travel going on, it takes a huge team to orchestrate plans – and there is one thing none of the royals are not allowed to go without.
Safety is, of course, a top priority for the Royal Family.
Whether jetting off on holiday or heading on a trip as part of their royal duty, their security is always a major concern for staff organising the trip.
In order to ensure every member of the family stays as safe as possible when travelling, a security entourage is sent along for the journey too.
Whether flying commercially or privately the family take with them a team of experts who are tasked with ensuring everything runs smoothly.
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Surprisingly though, they don’t always travel with as large a security team as you may imagine.
According to Hello! magazine, on a trip to LA in 2011, Prince William and wife Kate only took with them a seven-person squad to keep them safe.
However, when heading to Canada in 2016 the couple took along a 12-strong entourage.
According to The Mirror, each member of the Royal Family has five armed guards on them at all times.
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Furthermore, in addition to bodyguards, the Royal Family always travels with a motorcade or police escort when on the road.
This helps clear the road and increases protection for the Royal Family members at the centre.
Although security is an absolute necessity for the royals when travelling, it can drive up costs.
This is why the royal train is largely known as the most expensive method of travel for the monarchy, despite the fact a rail ticket is usually cheaper than a plane ticket.
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Captain Tim Hewlett who once stood as the Queen’s Senior Air Equerry, has been known to comment on the cost of security.
He was quoted in Penny Junor 2005 book The Firm as saying: “In PR terms [train travel] look like a nice cheap option, and we can stand proudly in front of the accountants and say it costs £35 for a first class rail ticket for the Queen, but the security costs are quite considerable and those are not part of our budget.”
It’s no surprise then that Royal travel brings with it a substantial cost.
The total bill for the 2018-19 fiscal year was reported as £4.6million, with the British tax payer contributing an estimated £2.7m towards this figure.
Aside from employing a team of security staff, there are other ways the monarchy protect themselves when travelling.
When heading on overseas ventures, particularly by plane, no two royals in succession of the throne are permitted to make the journey together.
The rule is believed to date back to a time when air travel was not deemed safe, though the Queen is thought to have relaxed the rule in recent years.
The theory of the decision was hat monarchs and their heirs could not travel together in case a tragic accident wiped out the royal lineage.
However, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have broken this rule in recent years, choosing to travel together along with their children.