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Queen Elizabeth II mourned by Britain and world at funeral

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By DANICA KIRKA, MIKE CORDER and SAMYA KULLAB

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what’s a sidewalk? I presume they meant the pavement.

Truly a national sense of sadness, grief and change, our response as always is tradition and ceremony, they represent and express our desire for continuity and give structure to our feelings while helping us handle the changes and look forward from the context of a long history.

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In some years that Westminster Abbey will be quite a place for "archaeologists" to explore.

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tradition and ceremony, they represent and express our desire for continuity and give structure to our feelings while helping us handle the changes and look forward from the context of a long history.

Sure is an expensive way to structure your feelings.

what’s a sidewalk?

It’s a word more globally recognized than “pavement”. Remember, the Empire isn’t what it used to be. The English language is not a property of the Crown.

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I loved being able to see everyones unveiled faces. Makes for a much nicer celebration of life.

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A fitting end to a lifetime of dedicated service. Regardless of one's opinion of the Monarchy, past and present. Remarkable precision. From A to Z. Again, imagine the planning to perform the funeral flawlessly.

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Upsetting to see the tearful faces of all those millions of British citizens lining the funeral procession, devastated at the loss of their beloved Queen.

It could be a grim few period coming up for British people, still dealing with this loss, and the looming energy crisis and price inflation. All strength to them.

6 ( +14 / -8 )

Geez, I'm tired of hearing about her.

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Again, imagine the planning to perform the funeral flawlessly.

My understanding - from the commentary - was that Her Majesty QE2 meticulously planned most of the key ceremonies herself, years in advance. Which underlines what a talented woman she was.

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I remember as a teenager the state funeral of Winston Churchill, in 1965. We had the day off school. More than 300,000 people came to pay their respects to Sir Winston as he lay in state, with Westminster Hall kept open almost around the clock to accommodate the number of mourners.

The queen's lying in state had 400,000 people paying their respects.

The queen was asked about the constant photographing of her. She gave an interesting reply. She said people had always had cameras and when they took their shoot they lowered them again.

Then she said today people with smartphones have them constantly in front of their faces.

She said, "I miss seeing their eyes".

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Among many things, It impressed me very much that Britain's new King Charles wearing the military attire during the Queen's funeral. It is a sign that they consider the military as an important element to constitute a sovereign nation. While in Japan, JSDF has been ignored and devalued for long and people are still refusing to admit JSDF as a full fledged military.

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And in the mean time Races riots in the UK

Why let facts get in the way of your strained comment. Those public disorder incidents, not riots, were due to the old hatreds of religion, not race.

you should get a job with the tabloids, you are a natural.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Let the British have their moments in history ,the more you recognize the monarchy,JT should be finished by tomorrow

-18 ( +3 / -21 )

Wallace,I did not mean any disrespect , anybody that can remember, Winston Churchill death ,have a sharp memory,me apologizing too you ,show we are making headway ,glad you and your family survived the storm without any damage

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In many towns, during the service, the streets were deserted - quieter than lockdown. Given the scale, it was quite an event to bring off so well, even with pre-planning. The emotion was genuine and there was a lot of it.

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Wallace,when you were a young lad in England,what is your first knowledge your queen was special,you are ambassador for Great Britain

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Agreed, Bigyen. It was so well-done, such a tribute, that I ended up watching the whole thing despite intending to just watch the first service and that would be it. Exhausted today, but glad I witnessed such a moving part of history.

As I've mentioned before, I never really paid attention to the monarchs, but with the death of Queen Elizabeth II, I started watching Netflix's "The Crown" recently. There was one episode where Winston Churchill said to a young Queen Elizabeth, tearfully, that he was glad they would once again be singing "God Save the Queen", for the first time since Queen Victoria. At Queen Elizabeth's funeral, when they started to sing, "God Save the King" for the new king, I teared up, recalling that scene. We are truly entering a new era. I don't know a lot about King Charles, but I heard he has been very progressive on climate issues, and thus I hope he will be a king for the people and wish him a peaceful reign. God save the King.

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Yrral

The queen is not special and I am not a royalist.

-6 ( +9 / -15 )

BigYen,

As ever, a quality post.

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Headline that she was mourned by the world is somewhat pretentious..

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@Alex

Charles weighed in on a few issues when he was Prince of Wales including climate change but he needs to tread a bit more carefully now he’s king. He caught flak from the left and the right for getting involved in various issues. His mother was very good at steering clear of politics.

He’d do well to follow that example.

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"Geez, I'm tired of hearing about her."

Why'd you read the article and go to the bother of posting then if you're so tired.

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Didn't think I'd give the event much time, but was quite miffed that NHK interrupted it so haphazardly. Only expected to watch for a few minutes out of curiosity, but was glued to the TV for quite a while. The Poms do pomp and ceremony better than most.

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I wouldn't dream of telling someone who to mourn for or for how long.

If it's not your thing then simply don't watch it. (This can be said for anything and not just the Queen's funeral)

The fact that you let it bother you is amusing to me. If I don't like something then I move on.

I can't understand the hatred (not here guys) for a 96-year-old granny who did a job she never asked for and I wouldn't do for any amount of money.

Finally, let's put to bed the age-old argument. The royal family brings in far more money than they receive from us...the taxpayer.

Find another reason for your hate. Look within....Oh, there it is.

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Headline that she was mourned by the world is somewhat pretentious..

500 Heads of State and foreign dignitaries attended the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. I would say that it is not pretentious to say that she was mourned by the world.

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My understanding - from the commentary - was that Her Majesty QE2 meticulously planned most of the key ceremonies herself, years in advance. Which underlines what a talented woman she was.

Yes, the funeral was planned well in advance. Touching on one of your previous comments, the fact that a Japanese Emperor broke with protocol and attended a funeral shows what a high opinion Naruhito had of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Then she said today people with smartphones have them constantly in front of their faces.

that’s the sad truth - no one is living the moment

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Blimey! I watched transfixed. I have never been prouder to be British.

French foreign minister Guizot once graciously commented to Palmerston: 'If I were not a Frenchman, I should wish to be an Englishman.'

The patriotic old rogue replied, with a twinkle in his eye: 'If I were not an Englishman, I should wish to be an Englishman.'

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A truly marvellous celebration of her life - I too was proud to be British - and I'm sure that the late Queen would have been quite humbled by the amount of heads of state attended.

@Yrral: You are hopelessly out of touch with your 'comments' - no disrespect to Republicans such as @wallace, but the monarchy will around (and thriving) long after YOUR grandchildren have departed this world.

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The queen was by most accounts an exceptional human being deserved of the sending off she received. The dark parts of colonialism and how the monarchy was and will be moving forward are very valid discussions. But why bring all this up now, there was plenty of time to discuss it while she was alive and also in the future. Have some class.

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The perfectly choreographed pomp and circumstance expended on one mortal's funeral was designed to impress the masses and it succeeded splendidly, but the Ruritanian flummery of a host of uniforms, bemedalled breasts, brass bands, bagpipes and horses was a reminder that, to anybody familiar with life in the UK today, the superficial veneer of the funerary ceremonial stands in sharp contrast to the reality of the gutted and hollowed out UK economy with its pay-day loan shops, betting shops, food banks. mountain of student debt, unemployment, alcoholism, drug addiction, hungry, ill-educated children, pensioner poverty and poor health of millions etc. As the UK returns to mundane reality, King Charles will have his work cut out putting a brave face on the cracks and fissures in the Union that might soon threaten the throne of the Windsors.

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Probably the best ever commentary on this topic from US reamer above.

The perfectly choreographed pomp and circumstance expended on one mortal's funeral was designed to impress the masses and it succeeded splendidly, but the Ruritanian flummery of a host of uniforms, bemedalled breasts, brass bands, bagpipes and horses was a reminder that, to anybody familiar with life in the UK today, the superficial veneer of the funerary ceremonial stands in sharp contrast to the reality of the gutted and hollowed out UK economy with its pay-day loan shops, betting shops, food banks. mountain of student debt, unemployment, alcoholism, drug addiction, hungry, ill-educated children, pensioner poverty and poor health of millions etc. As the UK returns to mundane reality, King Charles will have his work cut out putting a brave face on the cracks and fissures in the Union that might soon threaten the throne of the Windsors.

The UK is of very little consequence to the World these days, even within the European Union. It sold off its industry and infrastructure to private shareholders. The brass buttons and bagpipes cannot cover up the skeleton lying beneath.

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Legend! Will be missed. For those who don't care about her, you should really study her life and how much she contributed to the world.

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If she did contribute alot to the world, the media here in Canada didn't do her many favors. In any case, condolences to her loved ones, a death's a death.

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There's been so many people clustered together for this event, satellites have seen it.

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@TigersTokyoDome

Sad attempt at rubbishing the UK. Do you really think Germany is any better shape? Or France? Typical Guardian-reader.

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