We watched the Queen's funeral coverage in the morning (with a running commentary provided by husband, until I reminded him that the BBC pay people to commentate and don't need him 😒), until about 12.30, switching off for a while then. Put the TV back on for the service in the Chapel at Windsor Castle. Several things struck me/stood out for me:-
1. It all went on for SO many hours - literally all day, and 3 services (the last being the private one in the evening for close family only) - good grief, everyone who took part, and the Royal Family in particular, must have been totally exhausted, physically and mentally. That walk behind the cortege from Westminster Abbey to the Palace must have seemed interminable to the Royals walking at a snail's pace behind the coffin.
2. Those young soldier pallbearers deserve a medal (at the very least), that must have been the most important job of their lives, carrying Her Majesty the Queen, the stress must have been unbelievable. I bet they didn't get much sleep the night before.
3. Prince George and Princess Charlotte behaved impeccably, what lovely polite well behaved kids, they're a credit to their parents.
4. The scenes of the Queen's pony and 2 of her corgis on the Long Walk leading up to Windsor Castle were so heartbreakingly poignant, that was a real tearful moment for me.
5. As was when the service at St. George's Chapel finished and the Queen's coffin was lowered down into the vault beneath - our last ever glimpse of our beloved Queen.
Everyone who was involved in the absolutely massive amount of organisation that all took is to be applauded, it was spectacular, a fitting send off for a much loved Monarch, and it all went off without a hitch - well, nothing major anyway.
The park here has been busy this weekend, lots of static owners and several touring vans too, dogs and children aplenty. However, whilst the funeral was on, the park was completely silent - no kids out playing, no sounds at all, not even any dogs barking. And virtually no traffic noise (there's a busy A road outside the park), hardly a vehicle of any kind went by. You could hear a pin drop. Several people have gone home now, so the park is back to normal levels of peace with just a few regulars, including our close neighbours.
Might pop out tomorrow to get some Spring bulbs for the garden here, then Wednesday morning we'll take Betty to the beach. Other than that, we're just enjoying relaxing and catching up with friends.