The billions of people who watched the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on television on Sept. 19 would have been impressed with the ancient pomp and ceremony of this historic event. There is no doubt that the English are particularly good at organising grandiose events.
The funeral cortege, featuring the state gun carriage that carried the coffin of Queen Victoria in 1901, the colourful costumes, the choreographed traditional routines, and the religious service and music in Westminster Abbey all contributed to a majestic and memorable television broadcast.
Of course, the Queen, having reigned the United Kingdom for over 70 years and served as Head of State of 15 other independent countries, certainly deserved this splendid state funeral….
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