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.
I only caught glimpses of the procession and the service, but my word, we do do these things well! As you say, though, the Royal family especially, must have been exhausted at the end of it. Grief is exhausting enough, then to have a full day of funeral services and processions, and have the World's eyes on you, so you can't let up for a moment! xxReplyDelete
I also thought witnessing the piper's lament fading away was very poignant and emotional. He must have been in bits inside knowing this was the last time ever he's playing for her.ReplyDelete
Oh yes, the piper too, I'd forgotten that. Very poignant, especially as he was walking away and the sound of the pipes was fading.Delete
I hope the family all take a bit of compassionate leave now - the strain was showing clearly on their faces.ReplyDelete
It was a long and very poignant day wasn't it and all so beautifully done. I had a break in the middle while the Queens coffin travelled to Windsor and made us some lunch. It was eerily silent outside here too, even all the cars that normally honk their horns going over the little one lane bridge seemed to able to manage it silently for once. The only signs of life I saw were dog walkers going past the window on their way to the canal.ReplyDelete
Hopefully our royal family can now have a bit of time to grieve in private. Had to chuckle at your comment about your hubby... I often say to mine 'shall I switch this off and you can tell me all the day's news as you clearly know more than the newsreader'...he does the same through films if he spots somewhere that he has been.ReplyDelete
Oh, ditto, here. Definitely a man thing. A bit like watching TV with fingers hovering over the remote, just in case there's something more interesting on another side! xxDelete
I've said before I think we're all married to clones of the same man haha.Delete
I cannot imagine standing that long...and those hours in line...wow...amazing. I agree with what you have written. I especially liked the pony...the bagpipes...the little girl and boy...a long long week plus...I cannot imagine that either. The Queen was quite a person...my favorites are with Paddington Bear...her sandwich...her purse...lovely suits and hats...I have watched the Crown many times...some facts maybe. Glad you are at your summer home and enjoying. Glad you are liking your vegetarian diet. thirty years for me...not a bite of animal. today I made yummy cabbage soup...good with noodles...that and vegetable soup...veggie chili...yummmmm...veggie burgers...enjoy enjoy enjoyReplyDelete