How much did Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral cost? Nobody seems to know (yet), but there are many conjectures

Royal experts are currently attempting to calculate the cost of Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral, as no official figures have been released at this time.

Figures in excess of £8million (€9million) have been touted, while some UK media have argued it could be in the billions given the cost of the national mourning period and the temporary closure of businesses and public services.

The modern comparison to learn from is the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002, which cost the British government £5.4million.

That’s £8.4million in “today’s money,” according to the telegraphwho estimated yesterday’s funeral cost 12p per UK resident.

A ten-day period of mourning began after the Queen’s death on September 8.

The handover ceremony at Westminster Hall opened to the public on September 14 and lasted four days.

Hundreds of thousands of people queued for hours every day to pay their respects, while Monday was declared a national holiday to celebrate the Queen’s death and her funeral.

At least 1,650 military personnel took part in the procession of the Queen’s coffin from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch after her funeral. Another 1,000 lined the streets along the processional route.

10,000 police officers were deployed in the British capital, 22 miles (36 kilometers) of cordoning off were erected in central London alone to control crowds and London transport authorities carried out additional services throughout the day as 1 million people entered the capital flowed.

That evening standard has argued that if the funeral expenses, public holidays and the coronation of King Charles III. added up, the Queen’s death will cost a total of “billions”.

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said most Britons would see the cost of the Queen’s funeral as “money well spent” but could not put a figure on how much that cost might be.

Asked on Sky News about the cost of the funeral, she said: “I’m not sure of the exact cost but, again, I think the British public would argue that it was money well spent.

“You have seen so many thousands out there and I don’t think anyone can argue that our late monarch did not deserve this farewell given the duty and selfless service to which she has dedicated over 70 years.”

She said it would be “downright absurd” to suggest otherwise.

“It was a great feeling that the community was coming together. I always think of our late monarch as the glue that brought society together,” she added.

Ms Donelan said her department was still “totaling up the numbers” of how many people had queued for hours in London to get past the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall, but she believed it was around 250,000.

Ms Donelan described the queue for Westminster Hall as “phenomenal” as she paid tribute to the volunteers who have helped manage and assist with procedures over the past few days, including lying in state.

Additional coverage from PA Media. How much did Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral cost? Nobody seems to know (yet), but there are many conjectures

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