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Royal wedding: by the numbers

Weighing in at $65 million, the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton is about 2,000 times as costly as the average British upper-middle class wedding.

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The Queen's Guard march out of Buckingham Palace, in London on April 28. Britain's Prince William will marry his fiancee Kate Middleton in Westminster Abbey on April 29.

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"They do not love that do not show their love," as the Bard wrote, and for the young couple Prince William and Catherine Middleton, that includes showing the world a $65 million royal wedding.

That figure designates $35 million for public services, security, police, and cleanup, and at least $20 million for most everything else, from rehearsals to stag parties, food, and drink, to the still closely-guarded secret of the honeymoon.

By contrast, the average British upper-middle class couple getting married spends an estimated $30,000 on clothes, cake, reception, travel, rings, and maybe a rented band. Donald Trump’s wedding to Melania Knauss in 2005 was $1 million, while Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes spent $2 million on their Italian wedding in 2006 at Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano.

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