• Sunday, April 14, 2024


Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in numbers

2,868 – The number of diamonds in the Imperial State Crown, worn by Elizabeth at her coronation in 1953 and which now rests atop her coffin.

Members of the Royal Family follow the gun carriage bearing the coffin of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, during the procession (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP) (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Mohnish Singh

Here are a few numbers related to the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday.

The number of miles (2,414 kilometres) travelled by the new King Charles III in his first week on the throne.

Charles began his reign with visits to Scotland, where he was at the time of the queen’s death on September 8, then Northern Ireland and Wales — the three nations that along with England make up the United Kingdom.

The number of people London transport chiefs estimate could join the queue for the queen’s lying-in-state, with more than a million potentially travelling to London over the whole 10-day public mourning period including the funeral.

Around 33,000 people filed past the monarch in the space of 24 hours when her coffin lay at rest in Edinburgh’s St. Giles’ Cathedral on Monday and Tuesday.

The number of diamonds in the Imperial State Crown, worn by Elizabeth at her coronation in 1953 and which now rests atop her coffin. There are also 269 pearls, 17 sapphires and 11 emeralds.

The number of monarchs and their consorts who have previously lain in state in Westminster Hall: Edward VII, 1910; George V, 1936; George VI, 1952; Queen Mary (widow of George V), 1953; Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, mother of Elizabeth II, 2002.

By the time the last mourners pay their respects at 6:30 am on Monday, the queen will have lain in state in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the UK parliament, for over 189 hours.

The total number of miles for which officials have prepared “queueing infrastructure” for those wanting to see the queen’s coffin.

There will be 6.9 miles (11.1 kilometres) from central London to the capital’s Southwark Park just to the east of Westminster, plus a further three miles inside the park.

Over 1,000 stewards, volunteers, marshals and police will be on hand at any one time to assist those who join the line.

The number of people expected to attend the funeral at Westminster Abbey. The same number — the maximum the abbey can hold — attended the queen mother’s funeral there in 2002.

More than 100 kings, queens and heads of state are expected to attend, including US President Joe Biden.

Number of holders of the Victoria Cross and George Cross — the UK’s two highest awards for gallantry — who are due to be present at the funeral.

4.1 billion
An estimated 4.1 billion people are expected to watch the queen’s funeral worldwide, smashing all previous records.

The number of naval ratings — junior enlisted sailors — who will draw the state gun carriage carrying the queen’s coffin during Monday’s funeral processions.

Monday’s committal service at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle will be attended by at least 800 people, most of whom will not have been at the earlier funeral service at Westminster Abbey.

They will include past and present staff members who worked for the queen at her various royal estates.

The King George VI Memorial Chapel inside the main St. George’s Chapel at Windsor where the queen is to be buried will be the final resting place of only five people including the queen. The others are her parents, sister and late husband Philip.

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