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UK TV channels banned from showing Queen’s funeral coverage again

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 (Picture: REUTERS)

Several UK broadcasters have been banned from showing moments from the Queen’s funeral ever again.

Britain’s longest-reigning monarch died in September at the age of 96, sparking a period of mourning in the UK ahead of a massive State funeral.

While the poignant funeral – which saw an estimated two million people line the streets to pay their respects – marked the end of the official mourning period, members of the Royal Family are believed to have been in a further six days of ‘royal mourning,’ which concluded on Monday September 26.

To mark the official end of the mourning period of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, a portrait taken of the Queen in her younger years by Dorothy Wild

King Charles, Prince William and other members of the Royal family will now return to their duties, with the Prince and Princess of Wales visiting Wales for the first time since taking up their titles.

However, Buckingham Palace has restricted future coverage of Her Majesty’s funeral.

Specific clips won’t be shown in future news reports or social media (Picture: AP)
The Queen’s state funeral took place in Westminster Abbey, with millions tuning in around the world and lining the streets to pay tribute (Picture: Getty)

The Guardian reported that five short segments of video from the Queen’s funeral services, featuring members of the royal family, will be removed from future news broadcasts and social media clips.

The BBC confirmed that a peak of 19.5 million people tuned into the broadcast of the historic occasion on BBC One, while 2 million and another 831,000 watched on BBC Two and BBC News Channel respectively.

At its peak, 22.4 million people watched across all BBC channels.

The broadcaster confirmed it was BBC One’s biggest viewing day since the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony.

Thousands lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the Queen’s coffin (Picture: AP)
BBC broadcaster Huw Edwards received an outpouring of praise for his coverage (Picture: BBC)

Sky has confirmed that a peak of 1.8 million tuned into its coverage across all channels.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that ITV’s audience reached 5.3 million mourners.

That would make the combined peak viewing figures of around 29.5million for the UK’s major channels.

Across the world, the Queen’s funeral – the single biggest policed event the UK has ever seen – is predicted to have been watched by 4.1 billion grievers.

In the UK, the moving service was broadcast on channels including  BBC One, BBC News, and BBC iPlayer, while ITV will air the event live and uninterrupted on its main channel and simultaneously on all of its digital channels.

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