The most magnificent funeral of famous people
November 15, 1982, the funeral of Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev took place on Red Square. As on the wires to the final journey of his predecessors, thousands of citizens joined the magnificent procession. The funeral is an integral part of life, and since many celebrities and politicians live on a grand scale, they are accompanied on their last journey.
Leonid Brezhnev, who died on November 10, 1982, like other Soviet general secretaries, was buried with a special pomp, although the cost of such a procession is not known for certain.
The whole ceremony was very luxuriously arranged, but was not devoid of some incidents. As a rule, during the funeral of Soviet leaders, it was customary to carry velvet pads with orders and medals behind the coffin with the body of the deceased, and this duty was assigned only to senior officers.
Each officer carried a pad with one order. Brezhnev had more than two hundred of them. I had to combine some of the awards, and the honorary officer escort was 44 people.
For three days, the body of the Secretary General was displayed in the Hall of Columns of the House of Unions, where he was visited by several hundred thousand people. Brezhnev was buried near the Kremlin wall, and at that moment all the country's enterprises and organizations stopped their work for five minutes, which in total also cost a lot of money.
Michael Jackson was a real king of pop music, and his death, like life, was shrouded in loud scandals: the singer died in 2009 from an overdose of propofol, in which his personal doctor was to blame.
Jackson was buried only two months after his death in the “Great Mausoleum” of the Forest Lawn Hollywood Cemetery. Among the guests were only relatives and close friends of the singer, but several hundred journalists received accreditation, and millions of Americans watched the ceremony live.
Broadcasting was allowed only until the moment when the gilded coffin arrived on a hearse. Then, for some time, the ceremony was shown from the cameras of the helicopters, but soon it was interrupted.
After the king of pop music was buried in a huge chapel, the invitees went to a funeral dinner in an Italian restaurant.
The coffin of the artist, called "Prometheus", was made of bronze and covered with 14-carat gold plating, and inside is filled with a bright blue velvet fabric. This product was worth 25 thousand dollars.
The whole ceremony, although it took an hour and a half, cost the singer's relatives close to a million dollars.
James Brown, soul godfather, died at the age of 73 from a heart attack on the background of pneumonia. The funeral of a chic and glitter was arranged accordingly.
Farewell to him took place in the New York Apollo Theater in Harlem. His coffin was almost the same as the coffin of Michael Jackson, respectively, and its price was transcendental.
The funeral of Elvis Presley, another "king", this time rock and roll, in 1977 cost 23,789 dollars (more than one hundred thousand in terms of the course of our days).
When news of the singer’s death appeared in the newspapers, 25,000 fans surrounded his estate in Memphis in two days.
Margaret Thatcher, or the Iron Lady, was British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and died in April 2013 of a stroke.
The funeral policy was spent 1.8 million dollars. And the fabulous sum was taken not only from the property of Margaret Thatcher, but also from the taxes of citizens.
At the same time, only 400 thousand dollars were spent on the ceremony itself in St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the rest of the sum went to ensure security at the funeral.
Another 31 thousand dollars was sent to the ambulance service in London. It is not surprising that numerous protests have arisen among citizens, because not everyone was happy with Thatcher’s policy, and therefore not everyone was happy about spending money from the budget.
Sir Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister, writer, Nobel Prize winner in literature and an honorary citizen of the United States, was buried with even greater pomp.
Since Churchill played a large role in ending the Second World War, his funeral in 1965 corresponded to ceremonies that are held only for members of the royal family.
In 1965, they spent 258 thousand dollars on organizing the funeral of a politician, which by today's standards corresponds to 4.2 million.
Princess Diana, the wife of Prince Charles of Wales and the favorite of the British and people around the world, died in a car accident in Paris in 1997. They spent $ 7.7 million on a magnificent funeral ($ 11.8 million today).
Unknown what, but obviously quite large sums of money were spent by ordinary citizens: from September 1 to September 8, 5 million bouquets of flowers with a total weight from 10 to 15 thousand tons were assigned to Buckingham Palace, Saint James Palace and Kensington Palace in memory of Diana.
On September 6, more than a million people witnessed a funeral procession, and the bell of Westminster Abbey was beating every minute when the coffin of Diana was transported on a ceremonial gun carriage.
Pope John Paul II, leader of the Catholic Church, headed it from 1978 to 2005, right up to his death. On the last journey he was escorted with pomp.
The funeral of John Paul II cost the organizers $ 11.9 million. As in the case of Thatcher, security was the largest item of expenditure, since four kings, five queens and 70 presidents attended the ceremony.
John Kennedy, one of the most beloved presidents in US history, was killed in 1963. The burial site was chosen plot at Arlington National Cemetery, which cost was 13 million dollars.
About 800 thousand people lined up with the president along the streets along the route of the procession. Then there was a mass in the cathedral, after which the procession went to the Arlington National Cemetery.
The coffin with the body of the president was moved on a gun carriage, in front of which they led a black stallion. When the coffin was lowered into the ground, the Kennedy widow lit an eternal flame on the grave.
Three nationwide channels broadcast the entire ceremony, and the entire cost of the funeral was $ 15 million.
So, a statue of Kim Jong-il worth $ 10 million was erected.
Since the secretary general was decided to embalm, Russian specialists were involved. Their work and a special sarcophagus cost, according to media reports, a million dollars.
Ronald Reagan, a former Hollywood actor and president of the United States from 1980 to 1988, died in 2004. The funeral ceremony cost the organizers $ 400 million.
In addition, in the US, the stock market had to be closed for a day due to prolonged mourning, which led to huge financial losses.
By the way, the cost of even an average funeral in Japan most often exceeds the mark of 20 thousand dollars, so it is not surprising that seeing the last of the top officials of the state costs fabulous sums.
The emperor's funeral cortege comprised 70 cars. On them, along with the services of escort took 24 million dollars.
Another $ 22 million was spent on the construction of a pavilion in Sidnzuku-Geyen Park to conduct funeral rites over Hirohito’s body, in which 225 people participated.
Secretary General Joseph Stalin died of cerebral haemorrhage on March 5, 1953 at 9:50 pm, and the next day the body of the leader was displayed in the Column Hall of the House of Unions for a three-day farewell.
More than two million people took part in the procession, and up to two thousand people died in the crush on Trubnaya Square. March 9, the embalmed body of Stalin was placed in the Mausoleum.
The most expensive funerals in history, if you rely on the data of historical books, were arranged for Alexander the Great. According to some reports, their value today would be more than 600 million dollars.
Pure gold sarcophagus, golden chariot and new road,specially built from Persia to Egypt, these are just a few expenses for seeing off the last journey of the great emperor-commander.