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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.


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.

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