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Queen Elizabeth's (Predicted) Funeral Ratings In Perspective

• by Tyler Durden

,,,, then the funeral will nearly double the UK's previous most watched royal broadcast - the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997 with a viewership of 2.5 billion people.

The UK royal family's televised events have historically brought in huge audiences from the world over. Where William and Kate's wedding saw 162 million people tune in worldwide in April 2011, Harry and Meghan's saw an estimated 1.9 billion in 2018.

Music events such as the Live 8 charity concert of 2005, and sporting events including FIFA World Cup finals also bring in peak figures, with the most watched broadcast event in history reportedly the Atlanta Olympics opening ceremony of 1996, where U.S. boxing legend Muhammad Ali lit the torch to kick off the games.

The late queen's funeral attracted some two million people to join the state funeral procession in person, including more than 70 heads of government. It was the UK's biggest ever security operation, with over 10,000 police personnel on duty.