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Douglas Council spent almost £5k on Queen's visit

Plaque unveiled by Her Majesty cost £714

Douglas Council spent almost £5,000 on Queen Camilla's recent visit to the capital. 

A Freedom of Information request revealed that Buckingham Palace requested the town hall be closed the week of the event for security reasons, but that staff continued to work from home. 

The plaque which was unveiled by Her Majesty cost £714 and was made by a local business and the easel cost the council over £500. 

Additional costs incurred with organising the royal visit was drawn from existing budgets and no financial support was provided by the government.

Gifts for King Charles, including a lapel pin and cufflinks came to £23.10 and a posy for Queen Camilla was 'approximately' £100. 

She was also gifted a plaque which cost £194.76.

The display cabinet for the letters patent which confirm Douglas as a city was £390.

£222 was spent on Union Jack flags, including ones for display and smaller ones which were distributed to the crowd outside. 

The council paid £135 for an unspecified number of umbrellas and a pillow for the Queen's seat at the town hall was £35. 

Music for the event was provided by Douglas Town Band and Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums, which came to £520, whilst a videographer and photographers were paid a total of £1750 to cover the event.

A minibus transporting staff to and from the town hall cost £290 and postage for invitations to the event was £34.

The total cost to Douglas Council was £4,942.60.

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