Royal experts are currently trying to calculate the cost of Queen Elizabeth II An official funeral for the lack of official figures at this stage.
Figures in excess of £8m (€9m) have been announced, while some UK media have argued they could run into billions, when the cost of the government’s mourning period and temporary business closures and public services are taken into account.
A recent closet comparison from which ideas can be drawn is the funeral of the Queen Mother in 2002, which cost the UK government £5.4 million.
That’s £8.4m in ‘money of the day’, according to telegraphwhich estimated that yesterday’s funeral would cost 12p per UK resident.
A ten-day period of mourning began after the Queen’s death on 8 September.
The Lying in State party at Westminster Hall opened to the public on September 14 and lasted for four days.
Hundreds of thousands of people queued for hours to pay their respects each day, while Monday was declared a bank-wide holiday to commemorate the Queen’s death and to serve her funeral.
At least 1,650 military personnel participated in the procession of the Queen’s sarcophagus from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch after her funeral. Another 1,000 people lined the streets along the procession route.
10,000 police officers were deployed in the British capital, 22 miles (36 kilometres) of barricades were erected in central London alone to control crowds, and transport authorities in London provided additional services throughout the day as one million people poured into the capital.
The Evening Standard It has been argued that when funeral expenses and public holidays are coronation King Charles III Combined, the death of the Queen would cost “billions” in total.
UK 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 what that might be.
After lobbying Sky News about the cost of the funeral, she said: “I’m not sure what the exact costs are but as I said, I think the British public would say it was money well spent.
“I’ve seen thousands of people there and I don’t think anyone can suggest that our late King is not worthy of this farewell, given the duty and selfless service to which I have been committed for more than 70 years.”
She said it would be “preposterous” to suggest otherwise.
She added, “It was a great feeling for the community to come together. I always believed our late King was the bond that held the community together.”
Ms Donelan said her administration was still “studying the numbers” regarding the number of people queuing for hours in London to pass the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall, but she believed the number was around 250,000.
Ms Donelan described Westminster Hall’s waiting list as “exceptional”, praising the volunteers who helped manage and support recent days’ actions, including lying in the state.
Additional coverage by PA Media.