Prince Charles has spent GBP 220,000 on his 'environmentally friendly' tour of the Caribbean

thecheers.org    2008-06-06 04:50:15    

Britain's Prince Charles has spent £220,000 on his 'environmentally friendly' tour of the Caribbean.
The future king and his wife, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, decided to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on by hiring a yacht for £210,000 to visit the islands.

Clarence House, the prince's London home, said by choosing the yacht, the Charles reduced the carbon footprint of the 12-day official visit by 40 per cent and saved money on accommodation costs.

The £50 million yacht, Leander, comes equipped with a 24-strong crew, Jacuzzi deck, bar, gym and sauna and was the cheapest and most environmentally friendly method of travel.

The cost of its hire came to £210,000. A further £10,176 was spent on food, drink and supplies for the royals and their entourage, bringing the total bill for the visit to over £220,000.

A spokesperson for the royal household said the combination of scheduled flights to and from the Caribbean, combined with the boat hire for the royal couple, represented the "best value for money" for the trip, which also included a royal staff of 14.

He added: "Every travel option was examined and it was felt that the boat was the most cost effective and environmentally friendly mode of travel. If we had chartered a plane, we would have had to take more than one because of the size of the landing strips, which just wasn't on."

The royal visit, carried out upon request of the Foreign office, saw the prince and the duchess visit a Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, Jamaica and the UK Overseas Territory of Montserrat.

The purpose of the visit was to "reinforce Britain's ties with the important Commonwealth countries."

Charles has the most expensive annual travel bill of any royal, estimated at £1.25 million. All members of the party flew first or business class to the Caribbean.


TAGS: Europe   


more
European cold spell kills hundreds

The cold weather across Europe has already claimed around 400 lives, and cold temperatures there could last another week, according to forecasters.

Italian senate passes €30 billion austerity package

The Italian senate has approved in a 257 to 41 vote a €30 billion (US$39 billion or £25 billion) austerity package that Italian prime minister Mario Monti has called the "Save Italy Decree". The measures had previously passed in the Chamber of Deputies, Italy's lower house, with a 402 to 75 vote.

Cypriot court clears all of wrongdoing in Greek air disaster
22.Dec 2011
A two-year trial concluded yesterday in Cyprus with the court in Nicosia cleari...read

Former French president Jacques Chirac found guilty of corruption
19.Dec 2011
The former French president Jacques Chirac has been found guilty of corruption ...read

Italian Pride in the Event Industry
15.Jul 2008
There’s more to Italy than rubbish in Naples and the drop in worldwide mozzarel...read



Flying machines 'economically and technically possible'

Kate Middleton turned down Queen Elizabeth to spend Christmas with the royal family

Queen Elizabeth planning to splash out millions of pounds on a 120-seater private jet

Zara Phillips set to star in 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Camilla stunned onlookers by going for an impromptu paddle in the sea