...By Muyiwa Aderinto for TDPel Media.
Revealing the Cost of Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral and Related Events
The UK government has disclosed the expenses incurred for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral and associated events.
The estimated total cost amounted to £162 million.
The state funeral, which took place on September 19, 2022, followed a period of national mourning, during which numerous individuals paid their respects while visiting the Queen’s lying-in-state at Westminster.
Breakdown of Costs
The Home Office and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport shouldered the majority of the expenses, with £74 million and £57 million respectively.
These figures encompass not only the Queen’s funeral but also other events linked to the monarch, including her lying-in-state.
The disclosed cost of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral and related events reveals the significant financial commitment made by the UK government.
It underscores the magnitude of the occasion and the importance attached to honoring the late Queen.
Such expenses are expected for state funerals, as they involve extensive logistical arrangements, security measures, ceremonial proceedings, and public engagement.
The breakdown of costs among various government departments provides insight into the allocation of resources and the collaborative effort involved in organizing such monumental events.
Allocation of Costs by Government Departments
The breakdown of costs by government departments is as follows:
- Home Office: £73.68 million
- Department for Culture, Media & Sport: £57.42 million
- Scottish Government: £18.756 million
- Ministry of Defense: £2.890 million
- Department for Transport: £2.202 million
- Northern Ireland Office: £2.096 million Total: £161.743 million
The allocation of costs among different government departments showcases the comprehensive nature of organizing a state funeral and related events.
The Home Office, responsible for matters of national security and policing, incurred the largest expense.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which oversees cultural and heritage events, also contributed significantly.
Additionally, the Scottish Government, Ministry of Defense, Department for Transport, and Northern Ireland Office all played roles in ensuring the smooth execution of the funeral and associated activities.
This breakdown demonstrates the collective responsibility of various government entities in upholding the solemnity and grandeur of the occasion.
Following Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, her eldest son, King Charles III, was officially crowned on Saturday, May 6. A Coronation Concert was held on Sunday, May 7, 2023, to commemorate the ceremony.
Commentary: The transition from mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II to celebrating the coronation of King Charles III signifies a significant chapter in the history of the British monarchy.
The Coronation Concert serves as a joyous event, symbolizing the continuation of the monarchy and the commencement of a new era under King Charles III’s reign.
It serves as a unifying moment for the nation to come together and celebrate the monarchy’s resilience and continuity.