I watched the highlights this evening. The music and the service was SUPERB; it makes my evil Papist self consider becoming Episcopalian.
I saw Edward have his hand to his head for a few, and a point where Sophie too struggled with her composure. It had to be hard on the kids to have the casket right in front of them.
Andrew's face, when the cameras briefly went his way, was rigidly held. I saw Bea looking devastated and blank. I didn't get a good view of Eug, but she was stock-still in the shot I did see.
There was a shot of William where I saw his eyes over his mask, swamped with grief over the loss. There is a picture of Catherine, the epitome of beauty, grace, and class, while being demure, grieving, and respectful. She's finally grown up, and grown into her role next to William. I never thought I'd see the day.
It was the first time I considered the Queen to move in a frail manner. I know she's 94, but she's always had a sprightly step. She was missing her spark today for obvious reasons. Will it return?
I know how old Charles is, but today was the first time I thought he stood as an old man - and I mean his posture, an elderly man's stance. Sensitive Charles, struggling with his public face. I also saw his expression at several points - he looked lost, bereft, sorrowful. Camilla was his strength.
Anne, widely considered Philip's favorite child, was pretty good at controlling herself, but her eyes told it all - she's heartbroken. On the walk to the church you could see her face sort of crumple here and there.
I saw a lot of ladies' heads down, doubtless grateful that their hats and masks hid their emotions.
And being part Scots, I too wept at the bagpipes. They just strike deep for a Celtic soul.
The weird blanket of Covid gave a surreal cast to everything. The distance, the silence, the masks taking the place of the ancient tradition of veiling; but instead of just the women, it applied to everyone. I can't help but think that the masks gave everyone the illusion that they could hide their emotions under them.
The music was personal, meaningful, and otherworldly in that wonderful, historic, ancient church. And really, I would love to see funerals or services of the future be just as serene and muted as that done today, instead of the circuses they tend to become nowadays.
The SkyNews highlights caught the commentary that Philips string of titles were to be recited for the last time before he comes to God as an ordinary soul. I really liked that statement.
God give you rest, sir. Thank you for your lifetime of service.