Council tax payers foot the bill for royal visits

One of the many hidden costs of the monarchy is incurred by council tax payers when royals visit their town.

Local people are regularly forced to pay for a range of costs including staff planning time, policing, road closures, renovation, cleaning, food and drink, photography, floral decorations and flags.

This means that a royal visit can leave local tax payers tens of thousands of pounds out of pocket: the Queen's visit to Leicester in 2012, for example, cost the city council over £85,000.