Facts and figures about the Queen’s funeral

LONDON (AP) — Events surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on Monday capped 10 days of national mourning and are expected to be watched by hundreds of thousands of people crammed into the streets of London and millions around the world. These are just some of the staggering numbers generated by the death of the 96-year-old monarch after a 70-year reign.

Here are some figures that swirled around London and the rest of the UK following the September 8 death during his summer retreat to Scotland of the only monarch most Britons have ever known.

– 2,000: Dignitaries and guests at Westminster Abbey for the state funeral, ranging from King Charles III and other senior royals to world leaders including US President Joe Biden to members of the British public who have helped combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

— 8:00 a.m.: Guests at a burial service later in the day at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

– 5,949: Military personnel deployed throughout the meticulously choreographed operation which began with the death of the Queen on September 8 at her Balmoral estate in the Scottish Highlands. This number includes 4,416 from the army, 847 from the navy and 686 from the air force. In addition, approximately 175 members of the armed forces of Commonwealth countries were involved.

— 1,650: At least that number of servicemen will take part in the lavish procession of the Queen’s coffin from Westminster Abbey to Wellington’s Arch after her funeral. Another 1,000 will line the streets along the procession route When the coffin reaches Windsor, 410 service members will take part in the procession, 480 will line the streets, 150 will be in honor guard and line and 130 others will perform other ceremonial functions.

— 142: Royal Navy sailors who will pull the State gun carriage carrying the Queen’s coffin on Monday as it leaves the Houses of Parliament for her funeral.

— Over 10,000: Police. Metropolitan Police Deputy Deputy Commissioner Stuart Cundy said the ‘extremely complex’ police operation is the largest in the history of the London force, surpassing the 2012 London Olympics which saw so far to 10,000 police officers on duty per day.

— 22: Miles (36 kilometres) of barriers erected in central London alone to control crowds and ensure the security of key areas around the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.

— 1 million: The number of people London transport authorities plan to visit the capital on Monday. About 250 additional rail services will operate to move people in and out of the city.

— 5: Miles (8 kilometres) of people queuing to file past the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall. The gigantic queue stretched from the Houses of Parliament along the south bank of the Thames to Southwark Park. The number of people who viewed the coffin for four days is not yet known.

– 125: Cinemas that will open their doors to broadcast Monday’s funeral live.

– 2,868: Diamonds, along with 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 269 pearls and 4 rubies, sparkle in the Imperial Crown which rested on the Queen’s coffin while in state.

— 2: Minute of silence at the end of the funeral at Westminster Abbey.

— 1: Coffin. The silent eye in the days-long storm of pomp, pageantry and protection is a single flag-draped oak coffin bearing the only monarch most Britons have ever known.


Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.
Back to top button