The UK government spent an estimated £162 million on the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and the period of mourning that followed her death.
The Home Office paid the most, at £74 million, followed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport at £57.4 million. The Scottish government spent £18.8 million, the Welsh government £2 million, and the Northern Ireland office £2 million.
The funeral was attended by world leaders including US President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and French President Emmanuel Macron.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council said the funeral was the largest police operation ever undertaken by the Metropolitan Police, ahead of the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics in 2012.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury John Glen said Queen Elizabeth II’s death was a “moment of huge national significance” and that the government had to ensure the surrounding events “ran smoothly and with the appropriate level of dignity, while at all times ensuring the safety and security of the public”.
Here is a breakdown of the costs:
- Home Office: £74 million
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport: £57.4 million
- Scottish government: £18.8 million
- Welsh government: £2 million
- Northern Ireland office: £2 million
The funeral was a major event that drew people from all over the world to pay their respects to the Queen. It was also a significant security operation, requiring the mobilization of thousands of police officers. The total cost of the funeral was significant, but it was a fitting tribute to a remarkable woman who served her country for over 70 years.
Following the event, the King said the nation’s support was “the greatest possible coronation gift”.
In a written message, he said: “We thank you, each and every one.”
“To know that we have your support and encouragement, and to witness your kindness expressed in so many different ways, has been the greatest possible coronation gift, as we now rededicate our lives to serving the people of the United Kingdom, the realms and commonwealth,” the King said.
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