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Her Majesty's funeral

Old 19th Sep 2022, 23:12
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Agree with all of the above. Huge credit to all those taking part but especially the bearer party. A fitting and dignified send off for Her Majesty.
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Old 19th Sep 2022, 23:18
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Stunned. Never in my 85 years have I been so impressed, inspired and proud to be British.

If I am exhausted by watching, what must be the feeling of the participants, from King Charles to the unsung security forces who delivered an incident free day which will echo down the years.

My most sincere thanks to all.
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Old 19th Sep 2022, 23:39
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As a Colonist - but confirmed Anglophile - I must say that the proceedings were magnificent and without parallel. As the Queen's casket was being lowered into its resting place, I wept the good, honest, healing tears of genuine bereavement. We shall not see her like again.

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Old 19th Sep 2022, 23:53
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Bearer Party. Was the officer sporting a pip or a crown? If the former, what a responsibility! What a great job those lads did- over and over.

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That impressive young man is a 2nd Lt in the Queens Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. He has a single "pip" correctly known as a Bath Star. He is commanding the 8 NCO's, ranging from Sergeant to Guardsman (Private). As important as his role is, he is being ably guided and supported by the backbone of the British Army, the Company Sergeant-Major (Warrant Officer Class 2). The entire funeral over the last few days has been probably one of the best "Purple" displays of collaboration, professionalism and precision you will see in a lifetime.
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2nd Lt in the Queens Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.
The old quote about "Policemen looking younger these days" could equally apply to this fine officer.
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Old 20th Sep 2022, 00:35
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Bearer party

Those soldiers, other ranks and officer, deserve every beer and accolade they recieve for the magnificent duty they performed today, a phenomenal performance that the world should be in awe of

Gents if I ever meet one of you the drinks are on me, you must be phenomenonaly proud of the service you did to 'the boss', bless you

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Old 20th Sep 2022, 02:26
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Originally Posted by dangermouse View Post
Those soldiers, other ranks and officer, deserve every beer and accolade they recieve for the magnificent duty they performed today, a phenomenal performance that the world should be in awe of Gents if I ever meet one of you the drinks are on me, you must be phenomenonaly proud of the service you did to 'the boss', bless you
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Indeed Dave. Was absolutely fantastic, even from this side of the world.
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Old 20th Sep 2022, 03:23
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Bowed heads.
Military standards that should otherwise be held high, laid flat on the ground in respect.
Reversed arms.
Muffled drums.
So many symbols of solemnity - it was moving to watch.
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Old 20th Sep 2022, 03:59
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It was truly magnificent.
I can't imagine any other nation pulling it off with such dignity and aplomb, coupled with a complete absence of flummery, glitz or glamour.
Well done to the UK, in particular the various armed forces.
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Old 20th Sep 2022, 06:27
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And yet despite all the pomp and splendour, it was the Queen’s horse and the two grooms curtseying on the way up to Windsor that set me off.

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Old 20th Sep 2022, 07:37
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I would not disagree with a single word that has been written above but I also think that the display in Edinburgh was equally impressive. The QCS bearer party were immaculate and didn't put a foot wrong.
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Old 20th Sep 2022, 07:38
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Concur all of the above but, not wishing to detract from the accolades being directed at the Bearer Party whatsoever, here's to the Matelots, Squaddies and Erks that we all know were scurrying around behind the scenes, fetching, carrying and doing their superiors' bidding, out of sight and TV coverage but equally responsible for a magnificent display of pageantry. Have some time off; - there did you enjoy it? Well done all doesn't cover the half of it.
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Old 20th Sep 2022, 07:55
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All the above and more - as a Canadian, well done to the RCMP (and their horses) as well.
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Old 20th Sep 2022, 08:17
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WEARING UNIFORM



Prince Andrew -with his obnoxious character and dubious lifestyle -and Prince Harry- role model,hero , Invictus inspiration but who has let down his many supporters with his defection to California - are both top of the royal unpopularity stakes.



BUT



They have both put their lives on the the line on active war service - Prince Andrew in the Falklands flying choppers ,distinctly hairy - and Prince Harry flying the amazing Apache in Afghanistan.



Not allowing them to wear their uniforms during most of the funeral occasions , whilst many others ,wha had never seen meaningful active service , were marching in uniform with a chestful of medals , left a bad taste in my mouth !



I think Royal Protocol erred in this case!
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Old 20th Sep 2022, 08:41
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well the whole thing was difficult to watch due to a moist eye or two. A wonderful boss !
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Old 20th Sep 2022, 09:07
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Originally Posted by mahogany bob View Post

Not allowing them to wear their uniforms during most of the funeral occasions , whilst many others ,wha had never seen meaningful active service , were marching in uniform with a chestful of medals , left a bad taste in my mouth !

I think Royal Protocol erred in this case!
Agreed. A PR round in the foot.

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Old 20th Sep 2022, 09:10
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Everyone did a splendid job.

The King looked utterly bereft at Windsor. I wonder if he'd rather have had the option of "funeral private, no flowers please, donations to charity".

Of the THREE bearer parties, the first had next to no time to prepare. It is reported that one of the lads was only a month out of basic training. And what an honour for the young Fijian soldier. He will be lauded in his homeland 'til his dying day. Unless he marries an American actress.

But didn't the Scottish actress do well in Edinburgh? (Watch "Rob Roy") When you're singing alone there's no room for error. And the Queen's piper too.

Mahogany Bob. Fully agree. There is a time to set differences and protocol aside.
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Old 20th Sep 2022, 09:27
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Possible Walt?
Did anyone see the bearded guy on the BBC coverage with a sand coloured beret adorned with an RAF other ranks SD cap badge?

Apart from that, I thought the BBC coverage was excellent, Huw Edwards was on top of his game, and Kirsty Young excelled I thought, and the emotion was clear to see as she signed off last night.

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Old 20th Sep 2022, 09:29
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Her Majesty made the decisions about Andrew and Harry so why question her on that score? Her funeral = her rules.

Poor 'life choices' by both took them out of the 'working royals' group so it is quite proper they were not uniformed for the events.
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Her Majesty made the decisions about Andrew and Harry so why question her on that score? Her funeral = her rules.

Poor 'life choices' by both took them out of the 'working royals' group so it is quite proper they were not uniformed for the events.
Could not agree more and don't forget Harry's book has yet to see the light of day. Add to that the rumour that Megan was using a hidden microphone during a walkabout. IMHO if you shake hands with that women you need to "count your fingers afterwards"
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