How much will the Queen’s funeral cost?
Police costs were £4.3million and the Queen Mother’s condition was £825,000, according to a House of Commons research background paper.
More recently, Prince William and Kate’s wedding police cost more than £6million, according to figures obtained by the PA news agency. A total of £2.8m was spent on overtime.
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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 trip from Balmoral to Windsor. She will rest in state in St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh for 24 hours. She will then be taken to Edinburgh Airport, from where she will travel to RAF Northolt in London.
The coffin will be taken to Westminster Hall, where the Archbishop of Canterbury will perform a brief service and it will remain in state for four days.
The coffin will be draped with the Royal Standard and, once in Westminster Hall, it will be topped with the Imperial Crown, Orb and Scepter. The crown itself has an estimated value of between £3 billion and £5 billion.
From 6:30 a.m. on September 19, she will no longer lie in public. The state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey at 11 a.m. that morning.
According to the BBC, the day will begin as the Queen’s coffin is transported from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey on the Royal Navy’s State Trolley. 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, of investment bank Panmure Gordon, told The Sunday Times that previous one-off public holidays in 2002, 2012 and earlier this year had reduced economic output by at least £2billion.
“There are few parallels at the moment and that makes predictions particularly difficult,” he said. “We may not just be talking about an extra holiday. There could be a long 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 the extra holiday would cost the UK around £2.9billion.
Although the Center for Economics and Business Research previously found that an extra bank holiday would add £500m to the economy, it would be a very different bank holiday. Some businesses have already announced they will close on September 19 out of respect for the Queen, including John Lewis and Primark.
A number of pubs across the country closed for 24 hours following the Queen’s death last week. It’s up to them whether they close the day of the funeral, or reopen for patrons to gather to raise a pint to the Queen.