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The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II cost the British government $ 200 million

Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip (who died in 2021), were buried in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

LONDON – Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral and chapel cost the British government an estimated 162 million pounds (about $200 million) last year, Britain’s Treasury said Thursday.

The monarch’s state funeral, held on 19 September, was the first in the country since the funeral of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1965.

The event, attended by world leaders and dignitaries, came after 10 days of national mourning for the Queen, who died aged 96 on 8 September after 70 years on the throne.

Thousands of people flocked to Westminster Hall in London to bid farewell to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

The cost was published on Thursday as part of a statement to parliament.

“The government’s priority was for these events to proceed smoothly and with the appropriate level of dignity, while ensuring the safety of the public at all times,” John Glenn, chief secretary to the Treasury, wrote in the statement.

Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip were buried in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Felipe, who is due to die in 2021 at the age of 99, chose not to have a funeral chapel and his funeral was held in private, under strict social distancing rules during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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