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Her Majesty's funeral

Old 19th Sep 2022, 17:47
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Her Majesty's funeral

Today showed our Armed Forces at their absolute best and everyone involved should be very proud of their performance and contribution.

I would like to particularly praise the Bearer Party - they had such a huge responsibility and were under such close scrutiny for so much of the proceedings - very well done indeed gents.
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Old 19th Sep 2022, 18:01
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Hugely impressive farewell to our late Queen. Think we should be very proud of our Nation for getting through this difficult and emotional time with such dignity.
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100% excellent, and BZ to the Bearer Party and the RN on the Gun Carriage. A fantastic farewell to a fantastic Monarch.

But, oh, what a physical ordeal that must have been for most of those those taking part … especially those not in the first flush of youth. Perhaps a little bit over-ambitious?
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More praise for the Bearer Party, I thought the Navy on the gun carriage were impressive and I may be biased being Scottish, but the massed band leaving Wellington Barracks were incredible and what the folk in the church must have been thinking as they heard that approaching. We may have problems in this country, but we know how to do ceremony. Well done all the Military Personnel involved.
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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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Today showed our Armed Forces at their absolute best and everyone involved should be very proud of their performance and contribution.

I would like to particularly praise the Bearer Party - they had such a huge responsibility and were under such close scrutiny for so much of the proceedings - very well done indeed gents.

They did themselves proud, they did their families proud, they did their Regiment proud, they did their country proud and most important they did their Queen proud. One would hope their company commander will stand them a few well deserved beers tonight.

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Praise to all Service personnel, as usual and expected you were excellent!
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Old 19th Sep 2022, 19:16
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Agree, the bearer party was truly outstanding amongst many other superb contributions to this wonderful ,albeit sad, event.
I do hope they will be recognized by more than a few beers !
The Elizabeth medal perhaps ?
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What makes me so thoroughly, utterly proud is these guys are't heroes, they're nothing at all special.
They're just our normal Servicemen doing their normal jobs.
Or rather doing jobs they never imagined they'd be called upon to do until last week, yet they did it immaculately nonetheless.

That's Britain's Armed Forces for you!
Thank God we continue to have people like this!

BZ, the lot of them, and again! Bravo Zulu.

God Save the King.
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Proud

Watched it on the BBC app here in Tokyo while on a layover.
The whole ceremony showed the world Britain at its best. The weight of history and continuity was truly remarkable. For all the service personnel involved, you did us proud and you are a credit to the nation. It was a moment in history that none of us will ever forget.
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Old 19th Sep 2022, 19:37
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Originally Posted by A Pandy
Watched it on the BBC app here in Tokyo while on a layover.
The whole ceremony showed the world Britain at its best. The weight of history and continuity was truly remarkable. For all the service personnel involved, you did us proud and you are a credit to the nation. It was a moment in history that none of us will ever forget.
BBC are saying that 5.1 billion people watched it, some 63% of the worlds population, and it is the now the largest single event watched/streamed in history.
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Can’t agree more with the foregoing comments. And given that the bearer party were apparently not that long returned from Iraq, an incredible effort.
No pressure on the Queens’ Piper to get that final lament right. Outstanding, for a relatively young Pipe Major.
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A belated Amen to everyone who has rightly offered special praise for the Queen's Company Grenadier Guards bearers. I lost count of the number of times they bore the coffin from gun carriage to cafalque and vice versa, and finally up the precipitous steps of St Georges Chapel. All done perfectly. Bravo gentlemen. It seems almost invidious though to pick out any one particular unit in a spectacle that was both complex, demanding, and a fitting tribute to a Commander in Chief and Monarch. So, to everyone involved in whatever role, BZs to you all! Well done!

A query, that I am certain will be answered with authority by our knowledgeable experts, about the Abbey receiving line. There were two ladies dressed in WWII type Khaki uniforms saluting arriving heads of state and government at the door. Would I be right in supposing them to be members of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry? If so, I have seen them in the Remembrance Day Cenotaph march past, presumably in tribute to the very brave women agents of the WWII SOE who were enlisted into their organisation to provide some cover should they be captured after being dropped into enemy territory. I see from their web page they are on the Army list but not part of the Army (a very British fudge!) :-

https://www.fany.org.uk/about-us

They always seemed to march past as the massed bands played the march The Liberators. Coincidence or not, it seemed most appropriate.
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An outstanding effort by all the Services involved.
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A moving and immaculately performed ceremony. That final march to Windsor Great Park and up the Long Walk to the Castle looked like hard work!
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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.

CG
Pip! Pip!

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The unsung heroes, our intelligence and security services should also be given due credit for what must have been an intricate and complex operation.

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Had the honour of being present today and thought all colours of all arms of our King’s forces did our former Commander-in-Chief the greatest of services.
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Quite simply "OUTSTANDING" Guys & Girls
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Simply wonderful, I think there was so much training and work done by every single person from the lowest/youngest to the very very top, as was already said that
climb upto the castle at Winsor looked to be a real energy sapper and done without a drink
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