Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey on September 19. It will cost the country millions of pounds – and potentially billions more if we take into account the economic impact of the bank holiday.
Just how many millions the Queen’s funeral will cost is hard to estimate. After all, there hasn’t been a monarch’s funeral since the death of her father more than 70 years ago.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral was relatively modest because of coronavirus restrictions. But two decades ago, the Queen Mother’s funeral reportedly cost £5.4million.
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A royal expert told the Big Issue the Queen’s funeral will certainly cost at least that sum – and “probably a fair bit more” than that.
Elizabeth Norton, a royal historian specialising in the queens of England, said: “It is really difficult to give an estimate for the Queen’s funeral. No British monarch has died for 70 years and the monarch’s funeral always tends to be on a considerably larger scale than funerals for other members of the royal family.
“Prince Philip’s funeral was obviously fairly simple, due to Covid, but the funeral of the Queen Mother in 2002 reportedly cost around £5.4m. A large portion of that sum was in relation to policing, while the lying in state was also expensive. Although it is impossible to say exactly what the Queen’s funeral will cost, it will certainly be at least that sum and probably a fair bit more.”