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The Queen’s funeral watched by average of 26.2 million people in UK

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The Queen’s funeral was watched by an average of 26.2 million people across all channels, according to the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (BARB).

The service was broadcast simultaneously on a range of networks, including BBC One, BBC Two and BBC News; ITV along with ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4; and Sky News and Sky Sports.

Earlier it was revealed at least 250,000 people joined the huge line to the Queen‘s coffin lying in state for four days in London’s Westminster Hall at Parliament.

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan gave the figure the morning after the nation’s longest-reigning monarch was buried at Windsor Castle.

Royal Family during the service
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Royal Family during the service

Ms Donelan said her department was still “crunching the numbers” but that she believed it was around 250,000.

About 100 presidents and heads of government joined the 2,000-strong congregation at Westminster Abbey, which included US President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, French President Emmanuel Macron, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern and the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.

Members of the media outside Westminster Abbey on the day of the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London. Picture date: Monday September 19, 2022. James Manning/Pool via REUTERS
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Members of the media outside Westminster Abbey on the day of the State Funeral

Tens of thousands of mourners flocked to London and Windsor to witness the state funeral, as well as to to catch a glimpse of the coffin and the royals as they drove to the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

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The Queen’s Coronation in 1953 was the first to be televised, reaching over 27 million in the UK and millions more abroad.

The late monarch’s funeral was the first state funeral held in Britain since Sir Winston Churchill’s in 1965.

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