Ratings for Queen’s funeral suggest more people in the UK watched the EURO final last year

MORE people in Britain tuned in to the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy as their TVs turned on for the Queen’s funeral on Monday, according to figures.

The official ratings for the historic royal event were released on Tuesday afternoon – revealing that not only was the football event a bigger attraction in the UK, but Princess Diana’s televised funeral in 1997 also had higher ratings.

According to the Broadcasters Audience Research Board (Barb) – which is responsible for recording television audiences – around 28.5 million people tuned in to see the Queen’s funeral on the main channels of BBC One, BBC Two, ITV (or STV), Sky News and BBC News.

That compares to the 29.85m that Italy beat England on penalties last summer and the 31m that watched Princess Diana be buried 25 years ago.

Figures for the Queen’s State Funeral may not be conclusive as the event was broadcast on so many different TV channels.

Industry experts had predicted the Queen’s death would set a record worldwide viewership, with some estimating viewership to surpass four billion.

The historian dr. Andrew Keil commented that the numbers are lower than expected.

“Interesting comparison with the spectators at the EURO2020 final,” he remarked. “It also means that only around half of the UK population is tuned in [when there was hardly any alternative thing to do than watch the state funeral].”

SNP strategist Ross Colquhoun suggested the numbers were the result of changes in media consumption.

“I think it shows how people have changed the way they consume news, Diana’s funeral was seen by around 32.1 million,” he said.

How is the number calculated?

Owned by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BSkyB and IPA, Barb works with broadcasters to provide their audience ratings. For 30 years, it has observed people’s television behavior.

Using a panel of around 5100 households, said to be representative of the makeup of the UK, Barb electronically monitors what these participants see and then.

This data is then added together and weighted to reflect the country’s total population.

The Argus: People watch Queen Elizabeth's funeral on a big screen in Centenary Square Birmingham: PAPeople watch Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on a big screen in Centenary Square in Birmingham: PA

“The Most Important Event”

The final results could surprise senior British politicians. Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, called the Queen’s funeral over the weekend “the most important event the world will ever witness”.

Hoyle’s comments in an interview with Laura Kuenssberg, drew criticism from republican groups.

“Most of the country is going to do other things and we need to stop pretending the whole country is mourning,” said Graham Smith, CEO of anti-monarchy campaigning group Republic.

The Queen’s death also came at a time when support for the monarchy is at an all-time low, according to poll expert Sir John Curtice.

In 2021, the survey found that the number of UK adults who said the monarchy was “not important at all/abolish” had hit a record 25%.

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