carmy
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Hundreds Of Thousands Mourn The Queen Mother

Mon Apr 08, 2002 12:19 am

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.

God save the Queen and Great Britain!

 
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RE: Hundreds Of Thousands Mourn The Queen Mother

Mon Apr 08, 2002 1:41 am

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.
 
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RE: Hundreds Of Thousands Mourn The Queen Mother

Mon Apr 08, 2002 1:51 am

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.
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Banco
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RE: Hundreds Of Thousands Mourn The Queen Mother

Mon Apr 08, 2002 2:26 am

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.
 
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RE: Hundreds Of Thousands Mourn The Queen Mother

Mon Apr 08, 2002 3:29 am

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.
 
Banco
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RE: Hundreds Of Thousands Mourn The Queen Mother

Mon Apr 08, 2002 4:26 am

The funeral is termed as "ceremonial".

Skyhawk, your analysis is correct, a State Funeral can technically only be given to a Head of State as the name implies.
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carmy
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RE: Hundreds Of Thousands Mourn The Queen Mother

Mon Apr 08, 2002 12:03 pm

My apologies for the mistake if I did term it a state funeral. Nonetheless, well done Britain! You guys have outdone yourself this time round!
 
carmy
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RE: Hundreds Of Thousands Mourn The Queen Mother

Wed Apr 10, 2002 1:18 am

I don't know if any of you guys saw the funderal on the BBC, but man, it sure was well done. I would have been in tears if I weren't at the library as I hadn't finished with my research yet.

Apparently, a MILLION people lined the streets to pay their respects to the Queen Mother. Just shows her immense popularity despite what everyone says.
 
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RE: Hundreds Of Thousands Mourn The Queen Mother

Wed Apr 10, 2002 1:57 am

I know, I know.....
A million people. Can you imagine that?

For the first time in a long time, I have some pride for my country.
 
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RE: Hundreds Of Thousands Mourn The Queen Mother

Wed Apr 10, 2002 4:34 am

The whole thing was very dignified indeed. All over the country people paid their respects. No neurosis or hysteria of the type that marked Diana's death, for which we should all be grateful.

A great lady.

Scotty
 
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RE: Hundreds Of Thousands Mourn The Queen Mother

Wed Apr 10, 2002 6:34 pm

Absolutely, Scotty! I couldn't agree more. Did you see Prince Charles? He looked absolutely devastated.

The only jarring note was the occasional fool with a cross of St George flag, who clearly wasn't aware that she was Scottish, not English.
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