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Queen Mother's Funeral

As someone said "one last service to her country".

You have to wake up very early to see live the goings on in London, but it wasn't the first time. I remember listening on the radio to the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in November 1947[?], and then being in Boston when the King died and watching the whole thing on television in February 1952. Since that we have had the coronation, the wedding of Princess Margaret, the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana. [I remember my sister in Calgary calling that morning. They were having a big party with champaigne and all.They hadn't even bothered to go to bed.] Before that we had Anne's wedding and later we had the weddings of Andrew and Edward.

We all know the ceremonial route and Westminister Abbey well - even have visited when we have been in London just to confirm how much we know.

Last Tuesday wasn't any different. What pageantry. It was a most beautiful service and the sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury on "dignity, laughter and duty" was one fine piece. The horses, the Last Post, the 192 pipers, the bells and the fly past with the Lancaster and two Spitfires ...oh it was a wonderful show. Johanna, you will be happy to know I conducted the choir and organist through most of their renditions - particularly with God Save The Queen.

Written Sunday, April 14, 2002 at 12:14 PM

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