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Royal Family ban TV channels from ever showing footage of the Queen's funeral again

Ali Condon

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Royal Family ban TV channels from ever showing footage of the Queen's funeral again

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A number of television broadcasters have been banned by the royal family from ever airing footage from Queen Elizabeth II's funeral again.

The monarch, who reigned for over 70 years, passed away at the age of 96 on Thursday, 8 September in Balmoral Castle.

After ten days of national mourning, a state funeral was held on Monday, 10 September in Westminster Abbey with 2,000 guests in attendance.

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While it's estimated that over four billion people tuned in to the televised broadcast on the day, certain scenes and moments from the ceremony will never be aired on TV screens again.

That's down to a deal that Buckingham Palace made with television broadcasters before giving them access to the monumental event.

It's understood that BBC, ITV News, and Sky News were contacted by members of royal staff on the day of the state funeral and asked to cut out specific timestamps from their TV coverage, so that they would not be televised again in the future.

Five short segments of video from the Queen's funeral services, featuring members of the royal family, will be removed from circulation from now on, The Guardian reports.

Among those clips were moments that captured individual members of the royal family grieving, as well as the video footage of a man lunging at the Queen's coffin while it was in Westminster Hall.

Certain clips from Queen Elizabeth II's funeral will never be aired again.  Credit:  PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo
Certain clips from Queen Elizabeth II's funeral will never be aired again. Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo

Broadcasters have also been asked by Buckingham Palace to put together a 60-minute compilation of the footage taken at the ceremonial events held during the UK's ten-day mourning period, that they would like to be able to air on television again.

Royal staff will then look over each compilation and decide whether they need to veto any other clips.

When all proposed inclusions have been approved by Buckingham Palace, most other footage from ceremonial events surrounding Queen Elizabeth II's funeral will be left on the cutting room floor, never to be seen on TV screens again.

Platforms such as TikTok have also been restricted in what footage from the funeral and other ceremonies can be kept in circulation.

This move from Buckingham Palace has been criticised online, with the decision to cut moments from the broadcast as an act of 'censorship'.

Royal staff will get the final say on which clips from the funeral can be kept in circulation. Credit: PA/Phil Noble
Royal staff will get the final say on which clips from the funeral can be kept in circulation. Credit: PA/Phil Noble

One Tweeter wrote: "Too late for that. Everyone who wants to comment [has] already saved the clips they wanted. This is exactly what it sounds like. Censorship to select what the UK public does and doesn't see."

Another user commented: "Welcome to a dictatorship of Britain," while a third complained:" This is absurd! The institution of the monarchy and the funeral were funded by tax payers of the UK! So why would they have such power."

Tyla has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677 

Topics: News, Royal Family

Ali Condon
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