I had ABC on the television and the BBC live feed on the computer. When the service began I pulled up the Order of Service to follow along. Scooby Doo was one of the commentators boo hiss
- but was not given a chance to speak much.
I tried not to look when they focused on the family during the service. They were hurting. The Queen sitting alone - so vey sad.
I did well until they brought the casket out - I teared up then - but made it through until the Navy Hymn and then the Piper playing the Lament.
I thought that on the whole it was extremely well done - the choir, voices soaring, along with the buglers arching through that vast space. Spectacular. The Piper slowing turning and marching out as the Lament is played. So well done.
PP planned this beautifully and with great dignity.
The optics - military massed outside - just the immediate family inside, stunning. Then all the soldiers, sailors, marines and military knights melt away and all is empty and quiet as the family departs.
I wonder if there was a more personal message on the back of the card tucked into the flowers.
I've never been one for long or multiple eulogies, but then I side eye long obit notices in the paper too, so I didn't miss a eulogy. It is also easier for the family - Charles certainly would have had an awful time if he had been called on to eulogize his father. PP's life spoke for itself. If the lessons/readings are done properly a sermon is not required either.
The Navy Hymn always gets to me - it was staple on the Sunday closest to Veterans Day at church and I never made it through without crying then too. (Navy wife).
My sympathies to all who have lost loved ones and dear friends over this last very trying year. This just dredges all the feelings of loss and disruption from our normal process of grieving all back.
On a lighter note I loved seeing the Richmond brooch and wonder if it had some special significance.
I was thinking it would've been nice if the family could have had tea together, possibly in a marquee outside - or would that have been breaking the Covid rules too?
Curtains - I hope you are correct and that Bea is expecting.
Anyone else feel drained now that this is done? I do.