By The Associated Press
London (AFP) – The events surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on Monday culminated in 10 days of national mourning, expected to be watched by hundreds of thousands of people who thronged the streets of London and millions around the world. These are just a few of the staggering set of numbers resulting from the death of the 96-year-old king after 70 years of reign.
Here are some of the figures who have spread around London and the rest of the United Kingdom in the wake of her death on September 8 at her summer retreat in Scotland for the only monarch most Britons know.
2000: Notables and guests at Westminster Abbey for the state funeral, ranging from King Charles III and other members of the royal family to world leaders including US President Joe Biden to members of the British public who helped fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
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– 800: Guest at commissioning service later in the day at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
– 5949: Military personnel deployed throughout the meticulously designed operation that began with the Queen’s death on 8 September at Balmoral Estate in the Scottish Highlands. This number consists of 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 the Commonwealth of Nations took part.
– 1650: At least this number of military personnel will participate in a pompous procession in the Queen’s coffin from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Ark after her funeral. Another 1,000 people will line the streets along the procession route when the coffin reaches Windsor, 410 military will participate in the procession, 480 will line the streets, 150 will line honor guards and steps and another 130 will perform other ceremonial duties.
– 142: Royal Navy Classifications The government artillery vehicle carrying the Queen’s coffin will be towed on Monday when she leaves both Houses of Parliament for her funeral.
– More than 10,000: police officers. Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Stuart Conde said the “extremely complex” policing operation is the largest in the history of the London force, surpassing the 2012 London Olympics which saw up to 10,000 police on duty per day.
– 22: Miles (36 km) of levees erected in central London alone to control crowds and keep key areas around the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace safe.
– Million: The number of people London transport authorities expect to visit the capital on Monday. About 250 additional railway services will be operated to transport people to and from the city.
– 5: Miles (8 kilometres) of people queuing in front of the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall. The huge queue stretched from the Houses of Parliament along the south bank of the Thames to Southwark Park. It is unlikely that the number of people on the waiting list will be known until after the waiting center closed early Monday.
125: Cinemas that will open their doors to broadcast Monday’s funeral live.
– 2868: Diamonds, along with 17 rubies, 11 emeralds, 269 pearls, and 4 sapphires, sparkle in the Imperial State’s crown that rested on the Queen’s coffin as it was placed in the case.
– 2: A minute’s silence at the end of the funeral at Westminster Abbey.
– 1: coffin. The silent eye in the gale of days of pomp, blessing and protection is a single flag-wrapped oak sarcophagus holding the only king most Britons have ever known.
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