UK: Britons at odds over exorbitant cost of Elizabeth II’s funeral
Thibaud Hue (Special Correspondent in London), edited by Ophélie Artaud
In the UK, the cost of Elizabeth II’s funeral is dividing Britons amid an economic crisis. Mourning and meditation continue after the Queen’s death. The traditional Prince’s Watch took place on Friday evening. The Queen’s children gathered in front of the coffin for about fifteen minutes. The funeral will take place on Monday. They are estimated at 35 million euros. An exorbitant sum for the working class, who are bearing the full burden of inflation.
“It is ridiculous”
Wide-eyed, Marie, in pink flip-flops and a yellow t-shirt, is speechless when she hears the news. The Queen’s funeral will cost tens of millions of euros. Unimaginable for the young woman who lives in Barking, a slum in west London. “Of course death is tragic, but hey, some people can’t even afford dinner, so they spent all that money…”
A little further on, Linda is biting into a ham sandwich, next to her three-month-old daughter in the stroller. This hostess only earns €1,200 a month. So these pharaonic expenses sound like an insult. “I find it ridiculous to spend all this money on someone who has died. Of course it’s sad, but it’s also sad to see people who are poor, dying or sick. I have to live with my mother. It doesn’t matter what I earn per month, I’m surviving, I’m not living,” she protests.
“This money could have been spent on making electricity cheaper”
A sense of injustice that Ali shares. When the economic crisis shook England, he envisioned a more sober funeral. Fierce inflation has brought this carpet seller to his knees. “I’m struggling to pay my gas and electricity bills, which are 10 times more expensive than usual. That money could have been spent on making electricity cheaper. It’s not fair,” he regrets. And Ali specifies that the day of the funeral is not a holiday for him. “Impossible to lose a day’s work,” justifies the salesman.
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