The British government said, on Tuesday, that more than 250,000 people waited for hours, and queued for several miles, to offer condolences for the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II in the days leading up to her funeral in London.
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Before a lavish state funeral in London on Monday, then a private burial at Windsor Castle Chapel, the casket of the King who died on September 8 at the age of 96, including 70 years of rule, was revealed day and night. Five days for an audience in Westminster Hall, the oldest part of Parliament.
“More than 250,000 (people) have passed through Parliament, which is an approximate number at the moment,” Culture Minister Michelle Donelan told Sky News.
When asked about the cost of a funeral for the taxpayer, she said she did not know, but said she felt the British would consider it “money well spent”.
“Thousands of people were seen ‘attending the funeral’ and I don’t think anyone could suggest that our late king was not worthy of this farewell, given the duty and dedicated service she has undertaken for more than 70 years,” she added.
“I’ve always seen our late king as the glue that holds our community together,” she said.
On Tuesday, the United Kingdom resumed the course of its life, which had been suspended for 12 days due to the feelings and celebrations associated with Elizabeth II.
If the King still dominated the front page of all British newspapers on Tuesday, the cost-of-living crisis and social movements should quickly return to the fore.
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