Around a quarter of a million people queued round the clock to view the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it lay in state, the United Kingdom government said Tuesday, a day after her elaborate state funeral. Following a public holiday for the funeral, political and business life was resuming and workers were busy clearing up the debris left by an estimated million-plus people who lined the streets of London.
But King Charles III and the royal family will remain in mourning for another seven days, meaning no official engagements after the new sovereign spent an exhausting week presiding over the funeral build-up.
The queen’s coffin was on display from Wednesday to early Monday inside parliament’s cavernous Westminster Hall, and the waiting time for public mourners at one point reached 25 hours. Culture Secretary, Michelle Donelan, said her government department was still “crunching the numbers”, but believed that around 250,000 people had passed through the hall in total.
“It was a great sense of the community coming together,” she told Sky News.
Donelan said she did not know the final cost of the state funeral at Westminster Abbey, which entailed a vast security operation for hundreds of foreign dignitaries. But she said the British public would agree “that was money well spent”.
“You saw so many thousands out there and I don’t think anybody can suggest that our late monarch didn’t deserve that send-off, given the duty and the selfless service that she committed to over 70 years.”
Britain’s new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, flew to the United Nations General Assembly hours after delivering a biblical reading at the state funeral. En route to New York, Truss praised the “huge outpouring of love and affection” shown towards the late monarch, as well as the “huge amount of warmth towards” Charles.
Independence Day 2022: Buhari’s Full Speech
BREAKING: Putin Declares Four Regions of Ukraine as Russian Territories
Hoodlums invade station, kill DCO, Suspect, CP fumes
Putin to Proclaim Rule over Seized Ukrainian Land in Speech
FG commences probe into oil theft exploration, production
Muslim-Muslim ticket: Caution Babachir Lawal, group tells FG
BBC to axe 400 workers, move digital
Algeria 2-1 Nigeria: Super Eagles outfoxed in Oran in friendly match
Saudi crown prince named prime minister
Court denies Lawan, declares Machina’s APC senatorial candidate
Join our Facebook Fan page
Business1 month ago
Foreign Models, Voice-Over Artists Banned in Nigerian Adverts
International2 weeks ago
Man Arrested after Approaching Queen’s Coffin
Entertainment1 month ago
Bigi ‘Watch & Win’ Promo Recommences, Offers Prizes of a Brand-New Car, Other Exciting Freebies
News2 months ago
ASUU Strike: NLC Solidarity Rally Holds Today, Police Warn Hoodlums