Queen Elizabeth II, the funeral live: all the news from London

Queen Elizabeth II, the funeral live: all the news from London
Queen Elizabeth II, the funeral live: all the news from London
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The figures of the long farewell

At the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, which close 10 days of national mourning, about 2,000 are expected at Westminster Abbey, including 500 heads of state and government and dignitaries, one million people on the streets of London and millions of viewers around the world. Here are the figures of the funeral:

– 8km line to pay homage to the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall. The queue extended from Parliament along the south bank of the River Thames to Southwark Park.

– 1 million people expected in the capital by the London transport authorities. About 250 extra rail services have been set up for travel in and out of the city.

– 2,000 dignitaries and guests in Westminster Abbey for state funerals, including royalty and world leaders, such as US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and Head of State Sergio Mattarella.

– 800 guests for the farewell service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

– 5,949 military personnel deployed since the Queen’s death on 8 September at her Balmoral estate in the Scottish Highlands, including 4,416 from the Army, 847 from the Navy and 686 from the Air Force. In addition, about 175 members of the armed forces of Commonwealth nations were involved.

– 1,650 soldiers involved in the procession of the Queen’s coffin from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch. Another 1,000 will line up along the route when the coffin reaches Windsor, 410 soldiers will take part in the procession, 480 will be along the streets, 150 will be on guard honor and 130 others will perform other ceremonials.

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– Over 10,000 police officers deployed. Deputy Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Stuart Cundy said the “extremely complex” operation is the largest in the history of London forces, surpassing the 2012 London Olympics, which saw up to 10,000 police officers on duty per day.

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– 36 kilometers of barriers erected in central London alone to control crowds and keep key areas around Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace safe.

– 125 cinemas open to broadcast the funeral live.

– 2,868 diamonds, along with 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 269 pearls and 4 rubies in the crown of the imperial state placed on the queen’s coffin.

– 2 minutes of silence at the end of the funeral at Westminster Abbey.

The article is in Italian

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