More than five million people watched Queen Elizabeth’s last flight online, as the journey with the deceased monarch’s body from Edinburgh to London became the most-monitored flight in history.
Flight tracking website Flightradar24 said 4.79 million people watched the flight live online, and another quarter of a million on the YouTube channel.
The company said an unprecedented six million people attempted to follow the flight within the first minute after the Boeing C17A Globemaster turned on its transponder at Edinburgh airport, affecting the stability of the platform.
“Seventy years after her first flight as Queen aboard the BOAC Argonaut ‘Atalanta’, Queen Elizabeth II’s last flight is the most-monitored flight in Flightradar24’s history,” the company’s communications director said in an email.
Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died on September 8 in Balmoral, Scotland. Her funeral will take place on September 19.
Flightradar24 said the flight was more than double the previous record of 2.2 million — when US house speaker Nancy Pelosi flew on a controversial visit to Taiwan in August.