From the archive: Taxpayers’ £½m wedding bill - 29 July, 2011

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TAXPAYERS are being asked to pick up a six-figure bill for tomorrow’s Royal Wedding – but have been encouraged to stay away from the “private occasion”.

Buckingham Palace has remained tight-lipped about celebrations which will stretch from this evening into late tomorrow. Members of the public who hope to catch a glimpse of the couple arriving or leaving Canongate Kirk have not been told what time the ceremony is starting.

What the public do know is it will cost an undisclosed figure – expected to be about £500,000 – to police the occasion, while several roads will be closed with many more facing parking restrictions.

The palace and the Royal Yacht Britannia, two of Edinburgh’s most popular tourist attractions, will be shut off to the public at different times to allow the royal party their privacy.