The Royals have generated interest throughout history, either through the politics that is generated around them, as well as the controversies in which they have been involved. Now with the death of Queen Elizabeth II, several world records have been broken, including the audience.
According to Statista, 400,000 million viewers in the world followed the funeral of this iconic character live and it has already been placed as “the most watched broadcast of all time”. On the official BBC YouTube channel alone, it has more than 338,548 views; however it has been replicated on other platforms.
The funeral will almost double the UK’s previous most-watched royal broadcast: the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, with an audience of 2.5 billion people.
Historically, the royal family’s televised events have attracted large audiences from around the world. While William and Kate’s wedding had 162 million people tuning in in April 2011, Harry and Meghan’s had an estimated 1.9 billion in 2018.
Music events such as the 2005 Live 8 benefit concert and sporting events, including the FIFA World Cup Finals, also generate record numbers, with the most-watched streaming event in history reportedly being the ceremony. opening ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, in which American boxing legend Muhammad Ali lit the torch to kick off the games.
In addition to this remote audience, the funeral is expected to draw some 2 million people to join the funeral procession in person, including more than 70 heads of government. And, according to Reuters, it will be the largest security operation ever carried out in the UK, with more than 10,000 police officers on duty.
While the exact cost of the funeral has yet to be reported, estimates for the entirety of the proceedings following the queen’s death have been between £8m and £6bn.
This has sparked a debate in the UK about the use of public funds as the country faces a cost of living crisis.
Mexico was one of the most participatory countries in this phenomenon, since the day of his death was the third with the most conversation on the subject, with more than 6 million mentions at 12:00 noon Central Mexico time, that is that is, a rate of 1.43 mentions per inhabitant, according to a study by Human Connections Media.
“If the data is isolated only from Mexico, at 1:00 p.m. in the country on the same date, the climax of the conversation took place regarding the death of the longest-living monarch in the world, more than 200,000 mentions of the 997,000 that happened at the time,” said Ariel Mosca, director of business development for Human Connections Media.