Saturday, June 25, 2022

THE British Royal visit to Waterford earlier this year came with a pricetag in excess of €10,000 for a reception in honour of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. The costs incurred by Waterford City & County Council, included €712 for handmade clamshell presentation boxes for the couple, and €30 for a pair of cushions from Dunnes Stores, as reported by Ken Foxe in the Irish Examiner.

The boxes were cloaked in a special book cloth and designed with the purpose of holding books or parchment paper. Adorning the boxes were custom-made plates bearing the Waterford city logo. Within, was a dedication page written using Japanese ink and gold leaf on handmade paper, for which a specialist calligrapher charged €195.

Catering costs for the reception came to €2,767.50 to cater for 100 guests. Bishop’s Palace Café provided the food and drinks for the reception. Tables and table-covers were hired for the occasion and for this, there was a bill of €602.

The Viking re-enactment which took place outside Reginald’s Tower on the immediate arrival of Prince Charles and Camilla was provided by Deise Medieval and Waterford Council paid €300 for the re-enactment.

A suite of costs obtained by the Irish Examiner showed that €4,000 was paid to Spraoi for a special performance and installation at Baileys New Street, where the Royal couple went after Reginald’s Tower, ahead of the reception in City Hall.

The cushions were a specific request from the British Embassy, a spokesperson for Waterford Council said, in order to make the seating arrangement clearly identifiable during the reception. Floral arrangements cost €500 at the reception, and the hire of audio-visual equipment at City Hall cost Waterford Council €676.50.

At this year’s Mayor’s Charity Ball, the cushions from Dunnes Stores were auctioned off, raising €150 for charity.



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