British Royal News suggests that Queen Elizabeth’s funeral might actually be bigger than Princess Diana’s, even if that seems hard to believe. In fact, Queen Elizabeth’s funeral could see one of the biggest television audiences in decades. Keep reading below for everything you need to know.
According to reports, the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II is likely to attract one of the largest UK television audiences of recent decades. The funeral service for Diana, Princess of Wales on 6 September 1997, was watched by an average of 32.1 million people, including 11.7 million on ITV and 19.3 million on BBC One.
Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral Might Be Bigger Than Princess Diana’s
It’s been said that no royal event since then has come close to matching such huge ratings. The wedding of then Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011 attracted an average audience of 4.0 million on ITV and 13.6 million on BBC One.
For example, the BBC said the state funeral in January 1965 of former prime minister Sir Winston Churchill was watched by 20 million people on its own network and five million on ITV, but this was based on the BBC’s own audience research and was not independently verified.
And while there will be a lot of people tuning in to see the queen’s funeral, there will also be a lot of people who won’t. Anti-royalist demonstrations have been going on in Scotland and wales as protesters opposed to the British monarchy have been making their thoughts known in the accession of King Charles III. The protestors made up a tiny minority among the huge crowds that gathered for the occasion along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh and Cardiff Castle in Wales.
One person was heard booing throughout the cheers in the Scottish capital with other members of the crowd shouting back: “Oh shut up.” A group of people were then heard laughing. The proclamation was followed by a 21-gun salute from the city’s castle moments later.
What’s more, police appeared and then took her away moments later, and the crowd began to applaud. One man shouted: “Let her go! It’s free speech!” while others shouted: “Have some respect.” More than 2,000 people were allowed inside the grounds at Cardiff Castle in Wales to hear the accession proclamation ceremony of King Charles III. Hundreds more lined the streets outside the castle walls, including two protesters holding signs reading: “Not our king! It’s colonial subjugation of the Welsh people.”
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