After decades at the head of Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth II was buried with great pomp last year. Now the Treasury has put a price on pomp and security.
The state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II and the public laying out of her coffin cost British taxpayers around £162 million (186.7 million euros). That was on Thursday. Almost half of the cost – £74 million – was borne by the Home Office, which was responsible for security measures.
Security at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral
“The Government’s priority has been that these events run smoothly and with the appropriate degree of dignity while ensuring the safety of the public at all times,” said Secretary of State John Glen in a written response to a parliamentary question.
Mourning ceremony for the Queen
Details of the Queen’s funeral that didn’t catch your eye right away
The Queen died on September 8, 2022 at her Scottish country estate, Balmoral Castle. First in Edinburgh and then in London, hundreds of thousands of people paid their last respects to the Queen at the closed coffin. Numerous heads of state and government attended the state funeral on September 19. The mother of the new king, Charles III, was then buried with the family at Windsor Castle.
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