QEII’s funeral cost £161.7 million, but how much did the coronation cost?

Have you noticed that post-coronation, no one is talking about how much it actually cost? In the weeks and months leading up to King Charles’s coronation, there was a lot of grumbling about the sky-rocketing cost, especially for security. In the week before the Chubbly, the cost had reportedly ballooned higher than $125 million. Once the coronation finally happened, I think people were shocked by how… small it felt? Like, that surprised me too – for all of the priceless (stolen) jewels and the orb of destiny and the bejeweled bracelets of homewrecking, it just felt small, dusty, quaint and out-of-touch with modernity. All of which might explain why the British government is suddenly talking about how much QEII’s funeral cost as opposed to the Dusty Chubbly.

The funeral and lying-in-state of Queen Elizabeth II in September last year cost the UK Government an estimated £161.7million, the Treasury said. After Her Late Majesty’s death on September 8, the country entered ten days of national mourning which concluded with her state funeral on September 19.

During that time the Queen’s coffin lay at rest in Edinburgh Cathedral before being moved to Westminster Hall in London, where an estimated 250,000 people queued for hours to file past and pay their respects during the lying-in-state. Her son King Charles also embarked on a tour of Britain’s four nations along with the then Prime Minister Liz Truss.

‘The Government’s s priorities were that these events ran smoothly and with the appropriate level of dignity, while at all times ensuring the safety and security of the public,’ John Glen, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said in a written statement to Parliament.

The Home Office, which has responsibility for policing and national security, accounted for the biggest portion of the total, with costs of £73.7million. This was followed by £54.7million spent by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and £18.8million spent by the Scottish Government. Other costs were: Ministry of Defence, £2.9 million; Department for Transport, £2.6 million; Welsh Government, £2.2 million; Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, £2.1 million; and the Northern Ireland Office £2.1 million.

[From The Daily Mail]

Now that we’ve seen the two events side-by-side, the state funeral for a queen and the coronation of a septuagenarian king, I understand why the funeral cost so much. It was a huge, 10-day-long operation and they had to move QEII’s coffin several times! All of those funeral marches and dirges don’t come cheap. Which leads me back to this: how on earth did the coronation cost so much, and will the government ever release a full audit of how much it cost and why?

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  1. HeyKay says:

    Liz was QE for 70 years.
    The protection, police for world leaders was bound to be a huge cost.
    10 days of full military pomp, etc.

    Now Charles coronation certainly could had been cut back by 50% in costs.
    And he could have used his own money to pay for it.

    This money wasting simply must end.
    In the US also. The tax payers are being ruined by the CoL.
    We all know this.

    • Concern Fae says:

      One thing to realize is that the police and military get to decide how much “security” is needed and then grab all the money without questioning. Yes, there are security needs, but there is also an enormous amount of ego-driven grifting going on. Police are also known for running up costs when they dislike the people involved.

      Also, in all these sorts of events, all sorts of departments try to find ways to push costs onto the event. Even at mid-size corporations, people will stretch their budgets by finding creative ways to make sure things they need are paid for with these “one time” expenses.

  2. Lili says:

    this is why Charles couldnt afford to pay for meghan and is now hiding in a cave in romania. he has cost us almost 1/2 bn pounds for what, lets say H&M’s wedding cost 30million for 1 day and that was a huge affair it should have cost about 100mill nothing more. along side that i want to hear how much was brought in by tourist revenue since that is what they like to flog us with

    • Robert Phillips says:

      I understand the cost of security. But what was all the other money for? The Abbey shouldn’t have cost much. Only the electricity. The military shouldn’t have cost anything. They are already in the military. The robes and thrones and other things should have been reused. The people planning it are already on the payroll so shouldn’t have been much extra. Don’t they already have the large screen tv’s that they put outside? All this money went into a lot of already wealthy peoples pockets.

      • Tacky says:

        I was thinking the same thing. Many people involved were already full-time employees of the entities involved. I get that a lot of overtime was needed to pay for security and logistics, but how did a two-day event cost more than a ten-day event? The lack of transparency is appalling.

    • Moxylady says:

      I just assumed he was traveling in order to try to find the vampire that turned his mother so that he could rule forever.
      Is that not the case?

    • Claire says:

      “hiding in a cave in Romania” lol

  3. ThatsNotOkay says:

    It’s nothing compared to what it cost Charles’s soul.

  4. HeyKay says:

    Where are the amounts showing proof of how much the BRF brings in with tourism?
    Solid proof with receipts.

    • DeeSea says:

      I want this too. I get so frustrated when people trot out this talking point as if it’s fact, but can’t or won’t answer any follow-up questions or provide any supporting evidence for the claim.

  5. girl_ninja says:

    Stealing money. Plain and simple.

  6. Isabella says:

    What a great summation! “Like, that surprised me too – for all of the priceless (stolen) jewels and the orb of destiny and the bejeweled bracelets of homewrecking, it just felt small, dusty, quaint and out-of-touch with modernity.”

  7. Mel says:

    So what’s the math on how much money they bring in to justify these ridiculous expenses? I’ve been to Versailles and the palace in Austria, paid to enter both, no sitting royalty. Is this not the same thing? You can go visit the tourists sights without the taxpayer having to pay for the upkeep for one ridiculous family.

    • Moxylady says:

      But do you get to have tea with the royals in these countries? Do you get to spend an afternoon getting a tour of the Royal collection by Charles himself? Do you get a tour of the tower by Kate in which she describes in lurid detail how women marries to the “spare” were often imprisoned there?
      These countries must have absolutely no charities or philanthropy to speak of. No volunteering, no community, because as we all know, only working royals can live a life of service.
      (That’s 100000% sarcasm btw)

  8. Amy Bee says:

    It should be noted that the cost of the Queen’s funeral was announced on the same day and after we found out that the paps had chased Harry and Meghan. After the jubilee, forwhich I don’t think the cost was ever released, and then the funeral there was no need for a coronation. The press was saying that it was going to cost 250 million points. We’ll see.

    • Moxylady says:

      For fucking what.
      Grab Charles. Haul him off to a closet. Someone take out a cellphone and livestream as the Royal hat putter on dude shoves the crown onto Charles head. Make William stand facing the corner like the brat he is.

  9. PrincessOfWaffles says:

    Im prepared to see the maths for the clowing. Is it possible that they are quickly trying to find the right wording for “salary to show up” because the royals participating were working that day and so wanted to get paid? Did they not make sure that it was not a family event but a state event?

  10. Renae says:

    What a racket!
    Security cost so much more than previously because Chuckles wanted all those foreign Heads of State there. To my knowledge, that has not been done before! There was no reason for Macrone etc to be there. (Generally, governments will send their ambassadors or some rich pobah in their stead). But no, he wanted to show Britain was still a commanding empire and not just a sad little island.
    Chuck is wanted it…..he should pay for it. …….and a funeral was more exciting!

  11. lucy2 says:

    There’s always going to be expenses with big state events like this, but given all that’s happening the UK and around the world, they could have scaled back on everything – especially the coronation.

  12. Canada Should Leave the Commonwealth says:

    Thank you so much Celebitchy and all the Celebitches for the clever snarky comments. I have to be careful to not spit coffee on my laptop as I scroll.
    Regarding the secretive BRF with their grifting and hidden finances, please read, “And What Do You Do? What the Royal Family Don’t Want You to Know” by Norman Baker. It made this indifferent Canadian into an anti-royalist.

  13. AC says:

    The queens funeral also brought in more ratings than Charles coronation. That would be considered a flop in the entertainment industry. In the US, 80% of the viewers who did watch Charles Coronation (about 10M people) were over 55.

  14. BQM says:

    At least they managed to save on Philip’s funeral. And he wound up with the quieter display he preferred rather than a big state to do.