Her Majesty the Queen’s visit to The Lexicon in October cost the council more than £35,000.

An investigation by the News also found that the plaque unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II cost the authority just over £800.

Timothy Wheadon, Chief Executive of Bracknell Forest Council, said: “It is a rare honour and privilege to have a visit by Her Majesty The Queen, and so Bracknell Forest Council and its partners at The Lexicon were delighted to welcome her to our new town centre last month.

“The royal visit was a momentous and historic event for the borough and I’m sure the memory will last a lifetime for all those involved and all those who came to watch.

“The community spirit and pride on that day was immensely humbling.

“Of course, with a visit of such scale and importance, there are costs attached in order to ensure it runs safely and smoothly for everyone.

“We spent around £35,000 on the visit, most of which related to safety barriers, marshals, toilet facilities and first aiders.

“Given how special and unique the event was for a large number of our residents, the local and national coverage it received and the way in which it showcased The Lexicon as a wonderful, modern destination – putting us even more firmly on the map – the spend represents excellent value for money in consolidating and reinforcing the ongoing success of the town centre as the borough’s much wanted economic, cultural and social heart.”

The council spent more than £13,500 on traffic management and barriers and almost the same amount on marshalls and first aiders, £663 on catering and more than £6,600 on photography, bunting, marketing and events equipment.

Combined with the cost of the commemorative plaque, this totalled £35,040.24.

Speaking to the News on the day of Her Majesty’s visit, Councillor Iain McCracken said: “Some of the councillors here today have been working to get this achievement for over 20 years and this is the culmination of work by councillors and officers, to actually achieve the regeneration of the town centre.

“This crowns the event by having Her Majesty come here herself. It was a great occasion.”

Thames Valley Police were also contacted for a comment regarding how much they spent when Her Majesty the Queen visited the town centre on Friday, October 19.