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Culture sec defends spending taxpayer’s millions on Queen’s funeral

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan has defended the use of taxpayers money for the despite potentially mouth-watering sums because the late monarch provided a “selfless service” to the United Kingdom. Speaking to Kay Burley on Sky News, Ms Donelan said the Queen “deserved the send off” because she was the “glue that brought us together” and it would be “down right preposterous” to suggest otherwise. The price of the funeral may or may not be disclosed but is projected to be upwards of 10 million. 

Ms Donelan said: “We have not got that total figure but I think, you know, the taxpayer would argue that it was money well spent.

“You saw so many thousands out there and I don’t think anybody could suggest that our late monarch did not deserve that send off given the duty and the selfless service that she committed to over 70 years. 

“I think it would be down right preposterous to suggest we should not have celebrated her like that.” 

She added: “I was always think of the late monarch as the glue that brought us together, that brought communities together, and in her final act, that is exactly what she did and it was remarkable to see.”

State and ceremonial services of the past, such as the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002, imply that the Queen’s funeral ould have easily run up to £10million. 

The ceremony for the Queen Mother, including her lying in state, her funeral at Westminster Abbey and the requisite security to ensure their safe running, was estimated to have cost around £5.4 million, with the large majority of that going on policing. 

The late Queen Elizabeth II’s ceremony, though similar in content, was performed on a significantly grander scale. 

It is believed a sizable portion of money had already been set aside in recent years by both royalty and government. 

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US publication The New York Times published an article ahead of the funeral questioning why during an energy crisis Britons appeared willing to pay for such extravagance on the late monarch’s behalf. 

They reported that the British monarchy was worth an estimated $28billion (£24billion) before explaining the sovereign grant. 

They later printed an interview with a professor at King’s College London who suggested the British taxpayer was “very good at living with that contradiction,” of paying for extravagance to commemorate the Queen despite a crisis. 

In the piece, Anand Menon, a professor of European politics and foreign affairs at King’s College London, said Britons were happy to pay “because the funeral is the funeral and it’s her.” 

She also added that Britons were keen to contribute “because it gives us the opportunity to host the biggest diplomatic jamboree ever”. 

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