The Queen: How much does a state funeral cost?

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The Queen: How much does a state funeral cost?

The Queen’s state funeral is confirmed for Monday, September 19, and it will be the first state funeral since Sir Winston Churchill’s in 1965.

State funerals are orchestrated to follow strict rules of protocol and are a public ceremony held to honour a person of national significance. However, neither the Queen Mother nor Prince Philip had official state funerals, and they were described as more ceremonial.

How much does a state funeral cost?

State funerals are publicly funded and they cost a lot. The exact financial cost of Her Majesty’s funeral proceedings will not be reported, but you can get an idea with past funeral costs.

The Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002 reportedly cost around £5.4 millon, while Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 was between £3 million and £5 million.

With funeral expenses, bank holidays, and the coronation of King Charles III next year, the Queen’s death will cost the UK economy billions of pounds.

One source is suggesting at least £6 billion.

Where will the funeral be held?

The Queen’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey, where she married Prince Philip.

The ceremony will take place on Monday, September 19, at 11am, and will be attended by some of the world’s most prestigious leaders and politicians, including US President Joe Biden.

The state funeral will be broadcast live on BBC One and iPlayer.

After the funeral, the Queen’s coffin will be buried in the King George VI memorial chapel, in Windsor.

The chapel, named after the late Queen’s father, was finished in 1969 and is the resting place of her father, mother, and sister.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away on April 9, 2021, was privately interred in the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel. He will now be moved to rest alongside Her Majesty at the memorial chapel.