LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on Monday ends 10 days of national mourning and is expected to be watched by hundreds of thousands of people packing the streets of London and millions around the world. These are just some of the staggering number of figures that have been produced since the death of the 96-year-old monarch after a 70-year reign.
Here are some of the numbers swirling around London and the rest of the United Kingdom since the death on September 8 at her summer retreat in Scotland of the only monarch most Britons have known.
— 2000: Dignitaries and guests at Westminster Abbey for a state funeral, from King Charles III and other members of the royal family to world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, and members of the British public who have helped fight the COVID pandemic -19.
— 800: Guests at a service later that day at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
— 5949: Military personnel are deployed as part of the elaborate operation that began with the Queen’s death on September 8 at her Balmoral estate in the Scottish Highlands. This number includes 4,416 from the Army, 847 from the Navy and 686 from the Air Force. In addition, about 175 soldiers of the armed forces of the Commonwealth of Nations were involved.
— 1650: At least this number of troops will be involved in the pomp-filled procession of the Queen’s coffin from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch after her burial. Another 1,000 people will line the streets along the procession route. When the coffin reaches Windsor, 410 soldiers will take part in the procession, 480 will line the streets, 150 will be in the honor guard and ranks and another 130 will perform other ceremonial duties. responsibilities.
— 142: The Royal Navy ranks who will pull the state carriage carrying the Queen’s coffin on Monday as it leaves the Houses of Parliament for her funeral.
— More than 10,000: police officers. Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy said the “very complex” police operation was the biggest in the history of the London force, surpassing the London 2012 Olympics, where up to 10,000 officers were on duty a day.
— 22: Miles (36 kilometers) of barriers erected in central London alone to control crowds and secure key areas around the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.
— 1 million: the number of people Transport for London expects to visit the capital on Monday. About 250 additional rail lines will operate to move people in and out of the city.
— 5: Miles (8 kilometers) of people line up to walk past the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall. A huge queue stretched from the Houses of Parliament along the south bank of the River Thames to Southwark Park. The number of people who saw the coffin in four days is still unknown.
— 125: cinemas that will open their doors for the live broadcast of the funeral on Monday.
— 2868: Diamonds, along with 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 269 pearls, and 4 rubies, glitter in the Imperial State Crown that rested on the Queen’s coffin.
— 2: A minute’s silence at the end of the funeral in Westminster Abbey.
— 1: Coffin. A silent eye in the days-long storm of pomp, pageantry and protection is the single flag-draped oak coffin that holds the only monarch most Britons have ever known.
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