About a quarter of a million people lined up until 5 p.m. to view the Queen’s coffin as it lay in Westminster Hall.
The figures were revealed by Michelle Donelan, Britain’s Culture Secretary, after the country’s longest-serving monarch was buried at Windsor Castle on Monday.
Donelan said her department was still “crunching the numbers” to calculate how many people had lined up for hours in London to view the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall, but she believed the figure was of about 250,000.
The Royal Family are observing another week of mourning for the Queen after a state funeral on Monday, with the ceremony and procession watched by millions around the world.
Donelan said most Britons would view the cost of the Queen’s funeral as “money well spent”, but she could not put a figure on the cost.
Asked on Sky News about the cost of the funeral, she said: ‘I’m not sure of the exact costs, but as I said I think the British public would say it was money well spent.
“You saw so many thousands there and I don’t think anyone can suggest that our late monarch didn’t deserve this send-off, considering the duty and selfless service she undertook for more than 70 years.” She added that it would be “downright absurd” to suggest otherwise.
“It was a great sense of community coming together. I still think of our late monarch as the glue that held society together,” she added.
Donelan described the queue for Westminster Hall as “phenomenal”, as she paid tribute to the volunteers who helped run and support the proceedings over the past few days, including the state setting.
She told BBC Breakfast: “There’s no dress rehearsal, is there, for this kind of script? It’s been planned for years, but obviously we’ve tested everything and worked with community groups.
She hailed the help of the Samaritans, the Red Cross, the police and establishments on the south bank that opened their doors to those waiting in line.
“It was a real team effort to allow people to have this moment to say goodbye and I want to give credit to everyone who was involved – all the volunteers, all the marshals, the stewards… it was unbelievable.”
The Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey was attended by hundreds of heads of state, and with London full of mourners, the event called for the biggest policing operation undertaken by the Metropolitan Police.
Among the 2,000 worshipers at the Abbey were foreign royalty, notable British figures and world leaders, including US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.
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