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The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II cost the government £162 million.

The funeral and subsequent celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II cost the government an estimated £162 million, according to the Treasury.

The state funeral took place on September 19, 2022, following a period of national mourning.

Hundreds of thousands of people attended Westminster at the time, where the king was laying in state.

The Home Office (£74 million) and the Department of Culture, Media, and Sport (£57 million) borne the majority of the costs.

The Treasury estimates the expenditures of the Queen’s burial and various connected ceremonies, such as the monarch’s lying-in-state.

The government’s aim at the time, according to John Glen, chief secretary to the Treasury, was to ensure “these events ran smoothly and with the appropriate level of dignity, while at all times ensuring the safety and security of the public.”

Mr Glen stated in a written ministerial statement to Parliament that the Treasury had supplied additional cash where necessary and that the Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Ireland governments had been “fully” reimbursed for their respective costs.

The estimated costs are as follows:

£57.42 million from the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport
Department of Transport – £2.565 million Foreign and Commonwealth Office – £2.096 million
Home Office – £73.68 million
£2.890 million from the Ministry of Defence
£2.134 million Northern Ireland Office
£18.756 million from the Scottish Government
Welsh Government – £2.202 million Total – £161.743 million
After Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, 2022, at the age of 96, the United Kingdom observed ten days of national mourning.


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