Palace bans broadcast of some scenes at Queen’s funeral including Prince George

British broadcasters have been asked to never again air a number of scenes from the Queen's funeral.

Buckingham Palace's move means shots including Prince Edward and Sophie Countess of Wessex weeping during the state funeral, and Prince George wiping and scratching his nose, will be prevented from being seen again.

It is said to be part of the deal to allow TV access to the Queen's funeral, and likely aims at avoiding the intrusion of the public eye into the personal grief of individuals part of the Royal Family.

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The Daily Mail columnist Ephraim Hardcastle claimed the banned footage also includes cuts of Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall wiping their eyes at Westminster Abbey last Monday.

More scenes the public is unlikely to see broadcasted again reportedly include a courtier removing the bolts from the Imperial Crown placed on the top of the Queen's coffin and the casket being lowered into the Royal Vault at the end of the committal service at St George's Chapel.

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Mr Hardcastle went on claiming the political French show Quotidien was defying the Palace's wishes, "replaying every 'forbidden' moment to its millions of viewers in France, Belgium and Switzerland".

The Queen's funeral took place on September 19 and was aired on more than 50 British channels, with the number of people watching the final goodbye to Her Majesty peaking at 37.5 million.

This outstanding number marks the biggest audience for a UK broadcast in history, surpassing even the number of people who watched the funeral of Princess Diana in September 1997, which peaked at around 30 million viewers.

Moreover, the Queen's state funeral was watched by people around the globe, with estimated global viewing figures surpassing four billion viewers.

The Queen died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle, her beloved residence in Scotland on September 8.


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