Why Royal Family Members Are Buried in Lead-Lined Coffins

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The coffins of British royal family members are very heavy; Princess Diana’s coffin weighed nearly 540 pounds (244 kilograms). The secret is the lead. For four centuries and counting, the British nobility has been buried in lead-lined coffins for preservation purposes. The lead sealed the coffins tightly and kept moisture—the friend of rot and decay—at bay. The practice isn’t unique to royalty, however; other nobles and even revered artists like George Frederic Handel were buried in lead-lined coffins as well. Read full article here

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