And after the death of the longest-reigning British monarch at the age of 96 on September 8 last year, the country entered 10 days of national mourning, which concluded with her state funeral.
During that time, Elizabeth’s coffin lay in Edinburgh Cathedral before being transported to London, where an estimated 250,000 people lined for hours at her coffin in Westminster Hall.
Her successor, King Charles III, embarked on a four-country tour of Britain with then Prime Minister Liz Truss.
In a written statement to Parliament, John Glenn, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: “The Government’s priorities have been for these events to proceed smoothly and with an appropriate level of dignity, while ensuring the safety and security of the public at all times.”
The Home Office, which is responsible for policing and national security, accounted for the bulk of the total costs, which amounted to £73.7m.
According to the British Metropolitan Police, the funeral was the largest police event in its history, with dignitaries from all over the world attending.
The second largest cost was reported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (£57.4m), followed by the Scottish Government (£18.8m).
As for the remaining costs, the Ministry of Defense amounted to 2.9 million pounds sterling, the Ministry of Transport 2.6 million pounds sterling, the Welsh Government 2.2 million pounds sterling, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development 2.1 million pounds sterling, and the Ministry of Northern Ireland 2.1 million pounds sterling.