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Funeral and related events for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Statement made on 18 May 2023

Statement UIN HLWS771


My right honourable friend the Chief Secretary to the Treasury (John Glen) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

The death of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022 and the period of national mourning that followed was a moment of huge national significance.

During this period, many hundreds of thousands of people came in person to pay their respects, at the Lying at Rest in Edinburgh, the Lying-in-State in Westminster, as well as in London and Windsor for the State Funeral on 19 September. Many more people also came out to support His Majesty The King and other members of the Royal Family as they travelled around the UK during this time.

The Government’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.

As departments finalise their accounts ahead of publication in the coming months, the Government is now able to publish an estimate of the costs associated with delivery of these events by the main government departments and devolved administrations involved, as follows.


Estimated costs incurred

Department for Culture, Media & Sport

£57.420 million

Department for Transport

£2.565 million

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

£2.096 million

Home Office

£73.68 million

Ministry of Defence

£2.890 million

Northern Ireland Office

£2.134 million

Scottish Government

£18.756 million

Welsh Government

£2.202 million


£161.743 million

All figures are the marginal costs, meaning money spent specifically on the events, as opposed to costs that would have been incurred in any case. Where necessary, additional funding was provided by the Treasury to meet these costs. This included fully refunding the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Office for their respective costs, which in turn they were able to repay to partners who also incurred costs.

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Funeral and related events for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
John Glen
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Conservative, Salisbury
Statement made 18 May 2023