Who did we forget to thank for the flawless farewell?
THERE will be expressions of gratitude to all who contributed toward the smooth arrangements for the Queen’s funeral. May I suggest one group: the police motorcycle outriders who led the cortege at various times. Especially commendable were the three riders who led the cortege to the gates of Buckingham Palace — they stopped with helmeted heads bowed as the hearse overtook them to enter the gates. It was truly a moving moment.
ALAN RAYMOND, Littlehampton, W. Sussex.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Duke of Norfolk for his meticulous planning of HM The Queen’s funeral. Every tiny detail was put into practice brilliantly by the logistics people and the servicemen and women who participated, particularly the bearer party. Well done, Britain.
KEITH STUART BALES,
Bibra Lake, Australia.
AS ONE of the thousands who attended the lying in state at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, I want to thank my old friend Robert Aldridge, the Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of Edinburgh, and all the staff at Edinburgh City Council, for the magnificent way they conducted the occasion.
NIGEL BODDY, Darlington, N. Yorks. THE Metropolitan Police officers and those from other constabularies involved with the route-lining and funeral arrangements for Queen Elizabeth all looked extremely well turned-out and professional.
The Special Escort Group deserve extra praise for escorting and safely delivering the Royal Family, heads of state, prime ministers, dignitaries and Commonwealth leaders.
You were a credit to the Met.
TOM STANHOPE, Northampton.