Thursday, February 25, 2016
King George's funeral cost £25,000
King George V's funeral cost Great Britain £25,000, reports the New York Times. The cost became known today with the "publication of a supplementary budget estimate of £219,690."
The figure may appear high, but it should be noted that the late king's funeral was the "most inexpensive funeral in recent times." King Edward VII's funeral cost £40, 500 while Queen Victoria's was £35,000.
The "entertainment of foreign guests" as well as "funeral furnishings and mourning allowances" accounted for £7,000. The "participation" of the armed forces cost £11,260.
The late king's lying in state at Westminster Hall, the service at St. George's Chapel, and the preparation of the funeral procession route cost £3,000, while "sundry expenses" totaled £3,740.