The Daily Telegraph

British pageantry at its very best as the nation gives thanks for the life of Queen Elizabeth


sir – What a moving experience Queen Elizabeth II’S funeral and procession turned out to be.

The service was one of dignity and perfect solemnity: the late Queen could not have been honoured any better.

The world has surely looked on in amazement at the history, traditions and pageantry we drew on to celebrate the life of perhaps our greatest ever monarch.

David Fisher


sir – A beautiful funeral service and procession for our wonderful late Queen. Congratula­tions to all those involved.

Judith Barnes

St Ives, Huntingdon­shire

sir – Nothing in the world matches our pomp and circumstan­ce, our pageantry and ceremony.

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral was magnificen­t. We should all be proud to be part of this great kingdom.

Kim Gunston

Micheldeve­r, Hampshire

sir – We never wanted to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II – but what a way to do it. Faultless.

Well done to the Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk.

Martin Hurcomb

Caterham, Surrey

sir – In the words of the song, appropriat­ely from a Bond film: “Nobody does it better.”

Janet Milliken

Folkestone, Kent

sir – I was particular­ly struck by the dedication and discipline of the Grenadier Guards who bore our late Queen, in her lead-lined coffin, in and out of Westminste­r Abbey, and finally into St George’s Chapel, with such dignity, grace and precision.

The weight of expectatio­n on those young men must have been as heavy as the physical burden on their shoulders – carried for 10 long minutes each way at the Abbey, and up at least four flights of steps at the chapel.

They acquitted themselves with honour and distinctio­n, and anyone who saw them could not have failed to be impressed. Well done, lads – very well done indeed. You have made King and country proud.

David Platts

Newark, Nottingham­shire

sir – After yesterday’s magnificen­t spectacle, he who is tired of monarchy is surely tired of life.

David Harrington

Hook, Hampshire

sir – We have been reminded of how the late Queen Elizabeth totally represente­d the Britishnes­s of Great Britain. She has left behind a foundation on which King Charles III can continue to build.

We are lucky indeed.

Jen Dean

Northwich, Cheshire

sir – Following the departure of our beloved Queen, we have experience­d many emotions, but it has been heartening to know that our kingdom really is united, with people from all over the country – and of all cultures, faiths and background­s – coming together to bid farewell.

We can only hope that this unity will continue.

Dr Richard Soper

Great Saxham, Suffolk

sir – In recent days we have been given a lesson in duty, conduct and service.

The queues in London to pay respects have revealed a new backbone in this country, and the radiance of pageantry has shone through. The candle is ours to nurture. James Bishop

Wincanton, Somerset

sir – The performanc­e of the Armed Forces – whose outstandin­g fortitude, dedication, commitment, attention to detail and utter refusal to countenanc­e the possibilit­y of failure during Queen Elizabeth’s funeral – surely serves as a lesson to all of us.

It stands in stark contrast to the behaviour of large sections of society, both private and public, who are more than ready to provide shoddy (or no) service, while offering up the flimsiest of excuses and demanding more money.

Keith Whittaker Newcastle-under-lyme, Staffordsh­ire

sir – Though sombre, emotional and moving, we should treasure the very peaceful interlude of these past days.

Today it’s back to the grim reality of the coming months.

Richard Bryant

London N16

sir – I am sure the nation has been able to see the pride and efficiency of the many servicemen and women who have worked long hours to provide a fitting send-off for our late Queen.

I also hope that, amid the events of recent days, our politician­s in Westminste­r and the devolved government­s have been getting their act together, and that from this point on they will serve their people with equal pride and efficiency.

Gavin Howard

Killyleagh, Co Down

sir – Why can’t the people who organised and carried out Queen Elizabeth’s funeral be put in charge of the NHS, Passport Office and DVLA? John Dunn

Colwyn Bay, Denbighshi­re

sir – Congratula­tions and profound thanks are due to the BBC and its personnel – particular­ly Huw Edwards – for the outstandin­g coverage of all the events that have taken place since the death of Queen Elizabeth.

I do hope their contributi­ons will be suitably recognised.

Doona Turner

Horsham, West Sussex

sir – Huw Edwards deserves a knighthood for his splendid, tasteful commentary on the funeral.

Informativ­e and knowledgea­ble, he also knew when to allow us our own thoughts.

Pauline Grove

Headley, Hampshire

sir – The most poignant tribute was uttered by JJ Chalmers, the Invictus Games veteran and BBC presenter who showed his appreciati­on on behalf of all servicemen and women with the words: “Thank you, Your Majesty, for your service. Your duty is done. Stand easy.” Simple and deeply moving. Martin Baker

Tadworth, Surrey

sir – On Sunday, we travelled back home to France on a Brittany Ferries service.

At five minutes to eight, an announceme­nt was made asking for all passengers to observe the one-minute silence for the late Queen. Such is the impact her death seems to have had everywhere. May she rest in peace. Margaret Baker

Juvigny les Vallées, Manche, France

sir – We were delighted to hear from our Dutch friends, who are on holiday in Greece, that they were also watching Queen Elizabeth’s funeral yesterday.

Dennis Graves

Crowboroug­h, East Sussex

sir – I hope that Vladimir Putin and other despots watched the funeral of Queen Elizabeth. If only they could understand that great nations are created by great human beings working consensual­ly, without bullying, cajoling or threats.

If ever that was demonstrat­ed with absolute clarity, it was in the sight of the sovereign coffin pulled by the human hand, admired and revered by countless willing subjects.

Sean Mcmillan

Woodbridge, Suffolk

sir – In the midst of their personal grief, how marvellous­ly our senior Royal family have worked in the past week, truly in touch with the people and behaving with the utmost dignity. Amanda Lovejoy

King’s Lynn, Norfolk

sir – I am so glad that Prince George and Princess Charlotte attended the funeral, though at first I feared they were much too young to be at such a huge ceremony in full public view.

But full marks to their parents for taking them, and for bringing them up so well. They were a credit to the whole family.

Elizabeth Woodward

Santiago de Compostela, La Coruña, Spain

sir – As a child of the Empire, I have always had immense respect for the late Queen – for her constancy, her faith, her duty, her service, her dedication and her neutrality. During her reign peace prevailed, improving our lives.

We have also lost that beaming smile and those twinkling eyes, which, even near the end, could be seen when she welcomed the new Prime Minister.

Ma’am, as a Chinese Christian from Singapore, I bid you God speed as you arrive safely in the courts of Heaven. Michael Teo


sir – As 15-year-old schoolboys, two friends and I queued to file past the body of Winston Churchill at 3.30am on January 30 1965. We met people who, talking of the Blitz, were reminded of the comradery of those times by the atmosphere in the crowd.

Walking down the Mall last week, I felt that atmosphere again.

Francis Warn Stratford-upon-avon, Warwickshi­re

sir – In the midst of the astonishin­g outpouring of love and devotion to Queen Elizabeth II, we became aware that such a great life must have had an exceptiona­l hidden taproot – something inexpressi­bly true. We glimpsed her greatness, humbly achieved as a servant of Christ. Looking back we see the sacramenta­l character of her coronation as a symbol of God’s calling to the sovereign to be, in the words of C S Lewis, “his viceregent and high priest”.

At her funeral we remembered this bedrock on which the crown rests, and tried to comprehend that we, too, are mysterious­ly part of that sacred circle of God’s calling.

At a time when the Christian faith has been marginalis­ed and often traduced in the secularise­d public sphere, are we seeing an awakening of a yearning for these sacred roots?

Dr Robin Brooke-smith Shrewsbury

sir – The late Queen was born into her role, and sometimes it seemed as though she had drawn the short straw, having had her career largely dictated to her. But there is a lovely story that illustrate­s the normal, off-duty side of the Royal family.

Years ago, my nephew was taken by his father to a theatre festival at Windsor Great Park. He spent some time arm-wrestling with a couple of other children and came back to his father to tell him that those boys had said their “Grannie” owned the castle.

Indeed, Will and Harry’s Grannie did. The theatre-loving Prince Edward had brought his own nephews to the festival.

Will Doran

High Wycombe, Buckingham­shire

sir – A recent discussion on the BBC about Queen Elizabeth’s musical tastes did not mention her fondness for American jazz, and in particular the music of Duke Ellington.

The Queen encountere­d Ellington on October 18 1958 after he performed a concert at the Leeds Civic Hall. They met afterwards at a reception, where the Queen said she was sorry that she had been unable to see the concert.

Apparently the musician was at the end of the line and she spoke to him at some length. Ellington later said he was so impressed that he felt he had to compose some music to mark the occasion. This was The Queen’s Suite, one of his finest compositio­ns.

Bill Coleman

Braunton, Devon

sir – As yesterday’s service drew to a close I was reminded by another member of our household that, despite the sadness of the day, practical things still needed to be done.

Appropriat­ely it was our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Raffie, who felt it was time for his walk. When we left it was very peaceful and quiet, but before long the highways and byways began to show signs of activity – mostly other dog-walkers.

Robert Ashworth

Alderley Edge, Cheshire

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Nobody does it better: tributes to Queen Elizabeth in Windsor, her final resting place

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