Policing costs amounted to £4.3m and the Queen Mother’s lying in state came to £825,000, according to a House of Commons research briefing paper.
More recently, policing for Prince William and Kate’s wedding cost more than £6million, according to figures obtained by PA news agency. A total of £2.8m of that was spent on overtime costs.
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What are the plans for the Queen’s funeral?
Plans for the Queen’s funeral are currently being put in place, as she makes her final journey from Balmoral to Windsor. She will lie in state in Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral for 24 hours. She will then be taken to Edinburgh Airport, from which she will travel to RAF Northolt in London.
The coffin will be taken to Westminster Hall, where the Archbishop of Canterbury will give a short service and she will lie in state for four days.
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The coffin will be draped in the Royal Standard and, once in Westminster Hall, it will be topped with the Imperial State Crown, orb and sceptre. The crown itself has an estimated worth of somewhere between £3billion and £5bn.
From 6.30am on September 19, she will no longer lie in state in public. The state funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey at 11am that morning.
According to the BBC, the day will begin as the Queen’s coffin is carried from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey on the state gun carriage of the Royal Navy. Senior members of the royal family are expected to follow in procession.
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How much will the bank holiday cost the UK economy?
Simon French at investment bank Panmure Gordon, told The Sunday Times that previous one-off bank holidays in 2002, 2012 and earlier this year had lowered economic output by at least £2bn.
“There are few parallels for this moment and that makes forecasting particularly difficult,” he said. “We may not simply be talking about an extra bank holiday. There could be a prolonged period of national mourning.”
In 2011, a national holiday was declared for William and Kate’s wedding. At the time, the department for business, innovation and skills predicted that the extra holiday would cost the UK around £2.9bn.
Although the Centre for Economics and Business Research has previously found an extra bank holiday would add £500 million to the economy, this would be a very different bank holiday. Some businesses have already announced they will be closing on September 19 out of respect for the Queen – these include John Lewis and Primark.
A number of pubs across the country shut for 24 hours following the Queen’s death last week. It is up to them whether they close again on the day of the funeral, or whether they open so that customers can get together to raise a pint to the Queen.
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