A couple of quarter of one million folks queued for as much as 17 hours to see the Queen’s coffin because it lay in state at Westminster Corridor.
The figures have been revealed by Michelle Donelan, the UKculture secretary, after the nation’s longest-reigning monarch was buried at Windsor Citadel on Monday.
Donelan mentioned her division was nonetheless “crunching the numbers” to calculate how many individuals had queued for hours in London to view the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Corridor, however that she believed the determine to be about 250,000.
The royal household is observing one other week of mourning for the Queen after a state funeral on Monday, with the ceremony and procession having been watched by tens of millions of individuals around the globe.
Donelan mentioned that the majority British folks would view the price of the Queen’s funeral as “cash properly spent”, however that she couldn’t put a determine on what that value was.
When requested on Sky Information about the price of the funeral, she mentioned: “I’m undecided of the precise costings, however as I say, I believe the British public would argue that that was cash properly spent.
“You noticed so many hundreds on the market and I don’t suppose anyone can counsel that our late monarch didn’t deserve that send-off, given the responsibility and the selfless service that she dedicated to over 70 years.” She added that it could be “downright preposterous” to counsel in any other case.
“It was nice sense of the neighborhood coming collectively. I all the time consider our late monarch because the glue that introduced society collectively,” she added.
Donelan described the queue for Westminster Corridor as “phenomenal”, as she paid tribute to the volunteers who helped handle and assist the proceedings of latest days, together with the mendacity in state.
She instructed BBC Breakfast: “There’s no gown rehearsal, is there, for this sort of state of affairs? It has been within the plans for years, however clearly we stress-tested every little thing and labored with neighborhood teams.”
She praised the assistance of Samaritans, the Pink Cross, the police and institutions throughout the South Financial institution that opened their doorways to these queueing.
“It was an actual workforce effort to allow folks to have that second to say goodbye and I wish to pay tribute to all people that was concerned – all of the volunteers, all of the marshals, the stewards … it was unbelievable.”
The Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey was attended by lots of of heads of state, and with London full with mourners the occasion known as for the most important policing operation undertaken by the Metropolitan police.
Among the many 2,000-strong congregation on the abbey have been international royalty, notable UK figures and world leaders together with the US president, Joe Biden, and the French president, Emmanuel Macron.