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How much did the royal visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cost Bahamian taxpayers? New details revealed by the PM, but no figures.

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – How much did the royal visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cost Bahamian taxpayers? Prime Minister Philip Davis revealing a few details on what government paid for, but no figures.

Jasmin Brown reports.



Prime Minister Davis seeking to bring more clarity on the matter, telling parliamentarians that the royal family, the United Kingdom Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office, the Bahamian government, and sponsorships from corporate donors helped cover the costs.

Davis provided no figures for the royal visit.

The three-day visit, which took place last week, was a part of a larger Caribbean tour to commemorate the platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

When it comes to what the Bahamian government covered and what was split with counterparts Davis gave a breakdown.

The PM called it the usual practice adopted by all countries when it comes to official visits.

The tour, which came on the heels of Barbados’ decision to become a republic and remove the Queen as its head of state, has stirred discussion throughout the region over its shared history of colonialism and various countries’ efforts to move past it.

During a reception held by Governor General Sir Cornelius A. Smith, the Duke of Cambridge Prince William acknowledged the recent debate, noting that the monarchy supports and respects any decisions The Bahamas may make about its future.

Davis was non-committal only saying he hopes the discussion continues to be lively.

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