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Hospital visits by the Queen and Prince Philip caused an uptick in will-writing by Britons last year, according to figures

HOSPITAL visits by the Queen and Prince Philip sparked an explosion of Britons writing wills last year, according to figures.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s hospitalization in February 2021 has resulted in a 131% increase in the number of wills produced.

Hospital visits by the Queen and Prince Philips have sparked a sensation in British wills

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Hospital visits by the Queen and Prince Philips have sparked a sensation in British willsCredit: Getty
The Duke of Edinburgh's hospitalization in February 2021 has resulted in an increase

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s hospitalization in February 2021 has resulted in an increaseCredit: AFP

The ‘Royal Effect’ continues with a 26% increase in wills written after the Queen’s hospitalization on October 22, according to details from will writer and funeral provider, Farewill. .

Other notable announcements include Sir Captain Tom Moore being treated for Covid, which saw 39% of wills write.

While the tragic passing of Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding, aged 39, has had a profound effect on millennials – with a 33% increase in next-day end-of-life planning.

Additional research polling 2,000 UK adults also found that almost a third (32 per cent) said they rarely consider their own mortality unless motivated by something. someone else’s death.

While watching someone the same age (34%) or younger (36%) die has a special impact.

Monday’s 2 p.m. is also the most popular time to write wills, with nearly a fifth of all wills written over the past three years being on the first day of the week.

Today is predicted to be the busiest day for dealing with business, with insights indicating three times more wills are written this week than in the previous two.

It also emerged that the pandemic played a major role in will writing, with Farewill seeing a 71 per cent increase on the 12th.order December – the first televised warning from the Prime Minister about the “tidal waves” of Omicron.

Among Britons surveyed, more than a quarter (26%) said the pandemic made them more aware of their own mortality rates, and 14% said the spike in cases caused they are more concerned that they are not prepared for death.

‘FINAL PLANNING’

The data also revealed how people approach writing their wills, with Britons wanting to include their wishes for how they want their legacy to be honored.

Almost half (47%) of those who wrote wills in the last year wanted family and friends to hold a small memorial rather than a traditional funeral – up from a third (33%) who wrote a will theirs more than two years ago.

While 28 percent specified in their wills that they preferred direct cremation two years ago, this has increased to just half (49 percent) of recent wills.

The changes come as 35% of wills last year said the idea of ​​a traditional ceremony felt too bleak.

Farewill CEO and co-founder, Dan Garrett, said: “It is incredibly inspiring to see that we are taking a more personal approach to end-of-life planning.

“Including personalized wishes and gifts at your disposal can help loved ones grieve and reconnect with someone they lost.

“Being clear about the type of funeral you want makes a huge difference to the burden on your family.

“In addition to deciding whether to be cremated or buried, you should also think about personal details such as the style of the memorial, where it can be held in a place that is special to you, and choosing music that you love. “

‘FREE CHOICE’

Research conducted through OnePoll also shows that despite an upward trend in will writing, 40% of Britons have yet to write a will.

One in five said it was because they didn’t like the thought of dying, 17 per cent thought they were too young and more than a third were just unfinished.

However, Farewill data shows that the share of Gen Z writers increases by 23% in 2021, after that age group becomes more familiar with the topic of death during the pandemic (30%).

Dan Garrett added: “Facing death can be one of the hardest parts of life, but writing a will allows you to take control and arrange the best family possible.

“Our data represents a major shift in the status quo, with clients no longer feeling constrained by the traditional, costly constraints of street funeral directors.

“We now have the freedom to choose how we want our lives to be organized in a way that feels more personal and meaningful.”

The 10 Most Common Memorial Requests

  • Favorite music will be played (28 percent)
  • Bright colors are worn (25 percent)
  • A memorial/celebration of environmentally conscious living (17%)
  • Ashes are scattered in an important place (15 percent)
  • Football songs will be sung (13 percent)
  • Sustainable forms of tourism to memorials / longevity celebrations (13%)
  • Football jerseys are worn (13 percent)
  • Want to be cremated directly without traditional ceremony (12%)
  • Eco-friendly cremation (10%)
  • Favorite alcoholic beverage to drink (9%)
The 'Royal Effect' saw a 26% increase in wills after the Queen was hospitalized on October 22

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The ‘Royal Effect’ saw a 26% increase in wills after the Queen was hospitalized on October 22Credit: Getty

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Bobby Allyn

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