This Monday, from 11 London time, 5 Mexico, the final ceremony of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, who died last Thursday, September 8 in Scotland after 70 years on the throne of the United Kingdom, is taking place.
According to the British media, the final farewell to the monarch, which will be televised live on the state network BBC, will attract an audience of more than 30 million people.
If it materializes, it will be the largest gathering on British TV in decades, only comparable to the millions of viewers who saw the funeral of Diana Spencer (Lady Di).
That funeral was seen by more people than the first Covid confinement announcement in 2020 and the Euro 2020 final.
“The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II is likely to attract one of the largest television audiences in the United Kingdom in recent decades and possibly in history,” published this Monday, September 19, the Daily Mail.
The event, held at Westminster Abbey, is being broadcast live on the official BBC channel and its streaming services. streaming.
Until now, the most watched event on British TV was the funeral of the Wale’s princesson September 6, 1997, with an average of 32.1 million people.
It is estimated that, in addition, Some 2.5 billion people around the world watched that broadcast.
In the UK, the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, in April 2011, attracted an average audience of 13.6 million on BBC One and 4.0 million on ITV.
According to BBC data, the January 1965 state funeral of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill was seen by 20 million people and five million on ITV.
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Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: last hours of the farewell
On the morning of this Monday, September 19, King Charles III of Great Britain and his family followed the bearers of the queen’s coffin, covered with the royal flag, to Westminster Abbey, where the funeral service of Condition.
At the start of the ceremony, the leader of the Anglican church, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, praised what he called “a life of duty and service” by Queen Elizabeth II.
“People who love to serve are rare in any field, leaders who love to serve are even rarer. Those who serve will be loved and remembered forever, while those who cling to power and privilege are forgotten,” Welby said as 2,000 world leaders and European royals watched.
The Archbishop of Canterbury also said in his sermon that the queen was “joyful” and that the pain of her death was felt by her family, but also by the entire nation and the community. commonwealth.
To have a point of comparison regarding audiences, according to NBC Sports, the NFL final (Super Bowl) played at SoFi Stadium reached an average audience of 101.1 million people, plus another 11.2 million who joined through platforms of streaming, to total 112.3 million.
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