Prince William and Princess Kate recently visited Canada. So what! From a frugal living perspective, hosting them really seems like a complete and utter waste of taxpayer money. A royal scandal, in fact.
A recent article by the CBC stated that the costs are expected to be modest compared to the Queen’s visit in the summer of 2010 which cost $2,000,000. TWO MILLION DOLLARS? This is the lifetime savings of two Canadians with only a (now) modest retirement income.
So let me get this straight; the son of one of the richest women in the world gets many of the costs of his honeymoon paid for (by Canadian taxpayers). If only life were so grand for the rest of us. Let’s get this straight – those with so much get even more while the rest of us get less.
I got exactly three things out of this royal visit: Kate wore the same dress twice; she wore a great dress; the newlyweds disappeared for a couple of hours while in Alberta (wow! what a surprise for two newlyweds in one of the most beautiful and romantic spots in the world).
I won’t get into the whole question of the modern relevancy of an impotent monarchy. Suffice to say, I think Will and Kate can (and should) pay for the costs of their honeymoon. Who will be the two Canadians that can not afford to fund their own retirement as a result? I hope it’s not me or my daughter (or you, my loyal readers).
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