Culture secretary

Michelle Donelan says the public would say Queen’s funeral was ‘money well spent’

CULTURE Secretary Michelle Donelan said taxpayers would argue the cost of the Queen’s state funeral was ‘money well spent’, even though he did not know how much money was spent for the event.

Around 2,000 people, including Nicola Sturgeon, attended the funeral which was held in London on Monday.

Speaking to Kay Burley on Sky News on Tuesday, Donelan was asked about the overall cost of the funeral.

She said: ‘We don’t have that total figure, but I think the taxpayer would say it was money well spent.

“In my own constituency, I have seen so many people come to celebrate the Jubilee throughout the community.

“At DCMS (Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport), the department I lead, we spearheaded the efforts around the queue and it was remarkable.”

Donelan added that more than 250,000 people lined up to see the monarch lying in state at Westminster Hall.

The UK government said it would share details of the possible cost of the funeral, covered by the state, “in due course”.

In 2002, the Queen’s mother’s funeral was reported to have cost £5.4 million, although that of the late monarch cost significantly more.

Donelan added: ‘I always think of our late monarch as the glue that held society and communities together and in her last act she did exactly that and it was remarkable to see that on the pitch. .

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“After talking to the members in the queue, they came from all over the country.”

Burley then continued to press Donelan to find out when we would know the final cost of the funeral, to which the Culture Secretary reiterated her belief that the public would believe it was “money well spent”.

She added: “Listen, I’m not sure of the exact costs, but like I said I think the British public would say it was money well spent.

“You saw so many thousands there and I don’t think anyone can suggest that our late monarch didn’t deserve this send-off considering the duty and selfless service she undertook for over 70 year.

“I think it would be downright absurd to suggest that we shouldn’t have celebrated.”

Pressed one last time on when the final cost would be released, Donelan added, “That wouldn’t be my decision to make.”