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Round 250,000 individuals considered Queen’s coffin as she lay in state



Round 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 individuals paid their respects in particular person to the Queen by viewing her coffin because it lay in state in London.

Tradition secretary Michelle Donelan gave the determine the morning after the nation’s longest-reigning monarch was buried at Windsor Fortress.

Ms Donelan mentioned her division was nonetheless “crunching the numbers” to find out precisely how many individuals had queued for hours in London to course of previous the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall, however that she believed they numbered round 250,000.

The royal household is observing one other week of mourning for the Queen after a state funeral on Monday that was filled with emotion and ceremony below the gaze of the world.

Ms Donelan mentioned most British individuals would see the price of the Queen’s funeral as “cash nicely spent”, however couldn’t put a determine on what that value could be.

Pressed on Sky Information about the price of the funeral, she mentioned: “I’m unsure of the precise costings however as I say, I feel the British public would argue that that was cash nicely spent.

“You noticed so many hundreds on the market and I don’t assume anyone can counsel that our late monarch didn’t deserve that send-off, given the responsibility and the selfless service that she dedicated to over 70 years.”

She mentioned it might be “downright preposterous” to counsel in any other case.

The royal household is observing one other week of mourning for the Queen following her state funeral on Monday

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“It was nice sense of the neighborhood coming collectively. I all the time consider our late monarch because the glue that introduced society collectively,” she added.

Ms Donelan described the queue for Westminster Corridor as “phenomenal”, as she paid tribute to the volunteers who helped handle and help the proceedings of latest days, together with the lying-in-state.

She later instructed BBC Breakfast: “There’s no costume rehearsal is there for this type of situation. It has been within the plans for years, however clearly, we stress-tested every little thing and labored with neighborhood teams.”

She praised the assistance of the Samaritans, the Crimson Cross, the police and institutions throughout the South Financial institution that opened their doorways to these queuing.

“It was an actual group effort to allow individuals to have that second to say goodbye and I wish to pay tribute to everyone that was concerned – all of the volunteers, all of the marshals, the stewards, it was unbelievable.”

King Charles III decreed on 9 September, the day after the Queen died following her 70-year reign, {that a} interval of mourning could be noticed till seven days after the funeral.

(Rupert Frere/Pool through Reuters)

Members of the royal household will not be anticipated to hold out official engagements, and flags at royal residences will stay at half-mast till 8am after the ultimate day of royal mourning.

They’ve been left bereft by the demise of their mom, grandmother and great-grandmother, and at occasions their grief was palpable with Charles wanting emotional and near tears on the state funeral.

The Countess of Wessex was additionally seen weeping in the course of the lengthy day, as was the Duchess of Sussex, who returned with the Duke of Sussex to the royal household to share their grief.

However Charles and his household have been consoled by the help and love they’ve acquired from the general public, together with the tens of hundreds who turned out to observe the late monarch’s funeral procession make its sluggish journey by way of the capital and on to Windsor Fortress for the committal service.

The Queen was lastly laid to relaxation together with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh throughout a personal night burial service attended simply by shut household.

The household’s web site mentioned it was carried out by the Dean of Windsor, including that the Queen was buried along with Philip at The King George VI Memorial Chapel.

Further reporting by Press Affiliation

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