Carmy From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 627 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1691 times:
The BBC reports that more than a hundred thousand people have paid their respects to the Queen Mother at Westminster Hall, where the coffin is lying in state.
The number has been so overwhelming that Westminster Hall remained open the whole of Saturday evening so that as many people could pay their respects as possible. Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Phillip, the Duke of York, have also all come out to greet and thank mourners for their concern.
In view of the huge number of people turning up, the coffin will continue to lie in state until Tuesday morning, when it will be moved to Westminster Abbey for the funeral service, where about 2000 invited guests will attend.
Music at the ceremony will include "Guide me, o thou great redeemer", the National Anthem, and other hymns.
The number of people paying their respects is comparable to other state funerals, the last being that of Sir Winston Churchill, where over a quarter of a million people paid their respects, and that of Queen Mary, the last royal consort to lie in state, where over a hundred and twenty thousand people paid their respects.
It's very moving to see that so many people all over Great Britain and Northern Ireland are still moved by the death of a royal.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13591 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1665 times:
Quite an event, helped by sunny weather of course!
From the TV footage, a good atmosphere too, people waiting in a huge line across London, but making a day out of it, taking food, beverages along and generally socialising and having a good time during the often long hours of waiting to visit the lying in state.
Tuesday's funeral should be quite an event, anyone know when the one or two minutes silence will be?
If it's anytime around 10:30-11:00, we'll delay the BA001 a bit, as happened with Diana's funeral, cannot really have a Concorde roaring overhead at the wrong time!
Keeping with aviation, the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will do a flypast over London, probably a Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster.
Ryanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3222 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1655 times:
My wife and I signed the book of condolence yesterday (or rather this morning as it turned out!). The queues were so long that it took us abou 4 hours to get to the front (it was quite cold too). When we were about 10 minutes away, they closed the hall for a rehearsal for the funeral, which delayed us about another hour and a half.
Still, we finally managed to sign the book and see the lying-in-state.
I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1647 times:
I'll say one thing, I feel a damn sight more comfortable with this quiet paying of respects to her than the hysterical response to Princess Diana's death. I don't feel as if I'm living in a foreign country for this one.
When the Queen (who's lost her sister and mother in the space of a month) returned to Buckingham Palace after the procession and the crowd broke into sympathetic applause, I actually felt quite proud of everyone there. It was dignified and respectful, something which is not too much to ask whether you are a monarchist or a republican.
She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
Skyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1637 times:
Carmy-According to what I have read on the BBC sight and the official royal sight, the funeral for Her Majesty the Queen Mother will not be considered a state funeral in that she was not the head of state, she was the consort to the king. The sights have said that the difference is very small, her coffin will be not pulled by horses, but by selected sailors. A state funeral is reserved for heads of state, an exception was made for Winston Churchill because of his extreme service during WWII(also was noted that a precedent was made previously for Lord Wellington). Not being British, I don't quite understand the difference, but that is what I have read.