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Was the Grim Reaper at the coronation? The viral video explained after hooded figure passed Westminster Abbey

If you were one of the 20 million people who tuned in to watch King Charles III’s coronation on Saturday, you may have noticed an “unwelcome guest” making a brief but ominous appearance during the ceremony.

A clip that has now been viewed millions of times on social media shows a figure that looks eerily like the Grim Reaper walking past Westminster Abbey during proceedings.

The Grim Reaper is the personified image of death, and is typically pictured as a skeletal figure wearing a black cloak, carrying a scythe.

People joked that the Grim Reaper could have been at the coronation at the request of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

“The Grim Reaper at Westminster Abbey omg Diana’s been having words!” one viewer tweeted.

Another added: “Is the Grim Reaper at Westminster Abbey? Or is that Princess Diana seeking vengeance?”

Who was the hooded figure actually?

Westminster Abbey has identified the figure as a verger – a member of the abbey community who helps during religious services but is not a member of the clergy.

The person was likely trying to make sure everything was running smoothly behind the scenes, and accidentally caused something of a stir.

How many people watched the coronation?

The event drew an average of 18.8 million viewers across 11 channels and services, according to TV ratings agency Barb – an 89 per cent share of everyone watching TV at the time.

Viewing figures peaked at 20.4 million at 12.02pm, an hour into the ceremony, as the King was crowned.

This is compared to an average of 26.2 million viewers and a peak viewership of 29.2 million for the late Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in September. However, it is worth noting that the figures only account for those watching on TV, and will not include those who attended public viewing events. There are likely to have been more people watching at public events for the coronation than the funeral, with it being a time of celebration rather than mourning.

The King’s coronation also had a lower combined audience than the televised address by former prime minister Boris Johnson in March 2020, during which he announced the first Covid-19 lockdown, which was watched by 28.2 million people.

The late Diana, Princess of Wales’s funeral in 1997 drew more than 32 million viewers in the UK, making it the nation’s second-most watched live broadcast of all time, behind only the 1966 Fifa World Cup final.

Most of the audience watched the coronation on the BBC. Its coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and the BBC News channel, anchored by Huw Edwards, had a peak audience of 15.5 million. This is compared to 3.6 million on ITV and 800,000 across Sky News and Sky Showcase.

BBC chief content officer, Charlotte Moore, said: “The BBC brought people across the UK together to share a once-in-a-generation event with over 14 million watching the King being crowned live.

“I’m proud of the unique and special role the BBC plays in delivering audiences moments of such huge historical significance and the celebrations continue with our Coronation Concert.”

Sky News said that its coverage was most widely viewed outside of traditional TV, with 2.32 million streams via YouTube and 2.35 million live streams via its website.

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