QANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2869 times:
Quoting IAH777 (Reply 12): You're just jealous 'cause we were able to completely shirk the shackles of the Empire.
What a unique view of history you have! Tell me, in the world you live in - who is the US President? Ronald Reagan? Who's Vice-President? Jerry Lewis? I suppose Jane Wyman is the First Lady and Jack Benny is the Secretary of the Treasury.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13474 posts, RR: 77
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2814 times:
These sorts of trips are financed in the same way as political charters, both the Palace and No.10 have their own travel budgets, they are also required to seek the best deal, within reasonable security considerations.
That's why The Queen did not arrive in a RAF aircraft-and the PM rarely does now either.
I'd say the fact that no dedicated long range/full size airliner, exists for the Monarch or PM, (almost uniquely), is a pretty big indication that the costs of this trip, compare very favourably with similar from other nations, including much smaller ones.
John Howard can call on a VIP fleet rather more capable that the short haulers of RAF 32 Sqn-and even that 'Royal' sqn only has 23% of it's tasking for either Royal or Political VIP charters, the rest being military.
(A debate he have had on here many times!)
Mind you, the last vist to the US, by the Queen, in 1991, had Concorde G-BOAB chartered to carry HM to Washington, then around the Southern US, uniquely for this charter, the foward cabin had a VIP mod carried out, the rear being used for stowage.
But that was 16 years ago.