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How much did the Royal wedding cost and who foot the bills ?

Royal wedding Harry and Meghan

A wedding comes with costs, but do you know how much a royal wedding costs? A whooping Ksh4.3B or GBP32m.

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Meghan will pay for her own £400,000 the equivalent of Ksh54m Givenchy wedding dress, which was made by British designer Claire Waight Keller. Slay queens should note that even as you take your pictures from behind, you should also be saving some money into your bank account from in-front because you will have to pay for something in your wedding, at least dress or cake.

Meghan Markle’s ring features a small 0.75-carat diamond from Princess Diana’s collection as well as a three to four carats slightly elongated cushion central rock sourced from Botswana in south of Africa. The ring is widely estimated to be worth in the region of £120,000 (Kes16m).

Off course the wedding ring is always a mans present to the lady, therefore we expect the prince to foot this one. Prince Harry’s ring was created from platinum with a textured finish, I always wonder why a man’s band is kept so low profile, maybe it is because he can add more to the other fingers, just thinking.

The royalty will foot the bills related to church service, flowers, decorations, cake, music and reception, amounting to approximately GBP1.6m (Ksh213m). Parents too have a role to play in a wedding, not like those parents that I know from Western who wait for their kids wedding in order to demand to have theirs that they missed when they were younger, bills footed by the same children. Some in Central even demand the kids to buy them the bed that they are to present to the newlyweds.

The cake made by Violet Bakery’s Claire Ptak was a lemon elderflower bake that incorporated the bright flavors of spring and cost roughly GBP52,000 (Ksh 7m). Yeah, for a wedding, at least get a proper cake, those ugali like cakes that you get from your high school friends should be for your birthday.

The flowers, arranged by Philippa Craddock, included branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, and white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves from the gardens and parkland of the Crown Estate and Windsor Park. Those names are even perplexing to me, but the lesson is simple, at least know the names of the flowers being arranged at your wedding, not those concoction of bitter flowers used for abortion whose names science doesn’t even know.

Music for the service included a number of well-known hymns and choral works under the direction of James Vivian, director of music at St George’s Chapel.

Karen Gibson performed Ben E King’s soul classic “Stand By Me”.

The Kingdom Choir, a gospel choir performed Etta James’s version of “Amen/This Little Light of Mine” as the newlyweds left the chapel. Hymns included the Welsh rugby anthem “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer”, otherwise known as “Bread of Heaven”.

No estimates for music and flower costs available, however, this is included in the miscellaneous footed by the royalty.

When it comes to music, if you have been a member at a church, the choir will come. Most people who only see church three times in their lives, viz when they are taken by their parents for consecration or baptism, then second when they are taken by their future spouse on their wedding day and finally when they are taken by family for their farewell mass are the ones who struggle with choir things on their wedding day and end up bringing their local pub singers or play recorded music.

The Royal wedding is expected to bring an estimated £500 million boost to the UK’s economy, and for that ticket, the British taxpayer was expected to foot the GBP30m (Ksh 4B) security. Yes, a royal wedding is big business, maybe it’s the reason Britain dismantled Africa’s Kingdoms during the colonial period so they could have a monopoly on royalty.

There you go, it cost GBP32m or Ksh4.3B for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle or His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex, on the 19th day of May, the year of the Lord 2018, at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at 12pm. We wish the newly weds a happy marriage.

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