{Photograph} Supply: Ross Dunn – Gate in entrance of the Queen’s Sandringham Residence in Norfolk, England – CC BY-SA 2.0

The ten days between the queen’s dying and her funeral, particularly the blanket media protection, had been replete with virtually surreal moments. An abbreviated collage of those:

+ A lot in view: ceremonial batons, staffs, wands, maces, and rods of all sizes and hues; swords, daggers, and pikes, cannons and a gun carriage for the queen’s coffin (towed by 142 sailors from the Royal Navy); horse riders in shiny metallic uniforms, heralds with bugles, gold tunics, ruffs, tassels, epaulettes, armbands, cloaks, and sashes of each color, all method of leather-based equipment on uniforms; a profusion of drag-queen-like people in tights, gaudy costumes match for a flowery gown celebration with a 15th century theme.

+ Medals and gold braid, medals and gold braid, medals and gold braid, galore!

+ hats and helmets of every kind— metallic, single-feathered, plumed, animal-skinned, velveteen, cockaded, sorts of floppy headwear, berets.

+ Titles: Yeomen of the Guard, Royal Firm of Archers, Gents at Arms, the Sovereign’s Physique Guards, Pursuivants and Heralds of Arms, the Earl Marshal (answerable for planning royal funerals, it is a hereditary place!), Lord Nice Chamberlain, Lord President of the Council, the Lord Lyon King of Arms, Norroy & Ulster King of Arms, Clarenceux King of Arms, Garter Principal King of Arms, Sovereign’s Serjeants-at-Arm, Serjeant of the Sacristy, Woman Usher of the Black Rod, Lord Excessive Steward, Lord Excessive Chancellor, Lord Excessive Treasurer, Lord Excessive Constable, Lord Excessive Almoner, Lord Privy Seal, the Dean of the Thistle, the Dean of His Majesty’s Chapels Royal, the Clerk of the Closet, Lord Steward, Grasp of the Family, the Excessive Bailiff of Westminster, Grasp of the Horse, the Queen’s Bargemaster, Keeper of the Privy Purse, the Web page of the Backstairs, the Queen’s Web page Palace Steward, Service Equerries to the Queen, the Crown Jeweller, the Llywydd, the Grasp of the King’s Music (who occurs to be a lady), the Sovereign’s Piper, the Royal Harpist, the State Trumpeters of the Family Cavalry, the Fanfare Workforce of the Family Division, to call however just a few.

+ In the course of the royal cortege’s procession down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile a person within the crowd was wrestled to the bottom by police when he yelled “you’re a sick outdated man” at Prince Andrew. A lady who held an “abolish monarchy” signal at a proclamation ceremony for Charles in Edinburgh was charged with a legal offence. A barrister was interrogated by a police officer after holding up a “clean piece of paper” in London’s Parliament Sq.. Police had been seen taking away a lady holding a placard saying “Not my king” close to the Homes of Parliament. Ukania, the supposed “cradle of free speech”?

+ A number one Australian newspaper, The Sydney Morning Herald, had a part titled “60 nice British recipes match for a queen” inside days of the queen’s dying.

+ Ukanian companies and organizations are providing grief counselling to their staff.

+ Print and social media are carrying articles on methods to discuss to your kids concerning the queen’s dying.

+ the queen did a skit on a kids’s TV present the place she interacted with a toy Paddington Bear, who displayed his fondness for marmalade sandwiches. The denouement confirmed the queen producing her personal ziplocked marmalade sandwich from her purse. Hundreds of Paddington Bears with accompanying Ziploc sandwiches have been positioned at varied impromptu remembrance websites. Authorities needed to plead for this to cease— quite a lot of feral animals had been ripping into the Ziploc luggage and feasting on their contents.

+ Cancelled/closed: funerals, docs’ workplaces and hospital appointments (even for most cancers scans), meals banks, Underneath-13 soccer video games, festivals and fetes that always are a small village’s major income for its charitable causes. Norwich metropolis even closed its bike racks.

+ Heathrow airport stopped all flights for quarter-hour earlier than the 2-minute nationwide silence on the day of the funeral and quarter-hour afterwards as a “mark of respect” to the royal household. 15% of Heathrow’s schedule was disrupted.

+ Monetary beneficiaries of the royal mourning: florists in all places within the UK, sellers of royal memorabilia, newspapers which printed particular commemorative points, meals shops adjoining to the queue to view the royal coffin, and mourners promoting their (used) Queen’s laying in state queue wristbands for greater than £10,000/$11,400 on eBay— the wristbands, issued throughout visits to the late monarch’s laying in state, had been posted speedily on eBay by some mourners, with bids reaching 5 figures.

+ The funeral in London concerned a 4,500-strong army parade, and 10,000 law enforcement officials on responsibility. The streets round Westminster had been blocked-off the week earlier than the funeral to permit for continuous rehearsals.

+ The federal government created a “queue tracker” to tell individuals planning to get into the venue for the lying-in-state how far the queue stretched. The size of the queue was capped at 5 miles. An estimated 300,000 individuals queued, with the wait time reaching an estimated 17 hours.

+ Folks weren’t allowed to take meals or drink inside the realm the place the queen lay in state. The Felix Undertaking, a charity, mentioned it anticipated to gather over 2 tonnes of meals that was left behind, largely snacks together with crisps, chocolate and biscuits, and was additionally accepting undesirable blankets.

+ Charles will transfer to Buckingham Palace from his London residence, Clarence Home. In a crass timing misjudgment, as much as 100 Clarence Home employees obtained redundancy notices through the thanksgiving service for the Queen at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh.

+ Viral clips confirmed Charles, famend for his peevishness, chastising a servant for not clearing his desk quick sufficient when he signed his accession proclamation.

+ Charles won’t should pay inheritance tax on his mom’s property.

+ As Tory Britain embraced austerity, Charles expanded his riches, utilizing tax loopholes and offshore financial institution accounts.

+ Charles has transferred the Duchy of Cornwall and its revenues–apparently price £1bn/$1.17bn– to his son William.

+ The Crown jeweller needed to resize the crowns which had been worn by Charles, who has a bigger head than his late mom.

+ Simon Armitage, for many years Britain’s finest poet (in my view) and who as Poet Laureate is required by that considerably dread place to provide on order verse for notable public occasions. His effort for this event is none too shabby (solely the final of two stanzas is supplied beneath):

Night has come. Rain on the black lochs and darkish Munros.
Lily of the Valley, a namesake virtually, a favorite flower
Interlaced together with your well-known bouquets, the restrained
Zeal and forceful grace of its lanterns, every inflorescence
A silent bell disguising a singular voice. A blurred new day
Breaks uncrowned on distant peaks and public parks, and
All the pieces activates these luminous petals and deep roots,
This lily that thrives between spire and tree, whose brightness
Holds and glows past the life and border of its bloom.

+ Exactitude in terminology mattered on this event: the queen “lay in state” solely when her coffin was in Westminster. Doing the identical for a briefer interval in Edinburgh shortly earlier than, she “lay in relaxation”. Signalling subsequently that the UK was “the state”, versus the mere colony Scotland?

+ Sky Information (a Murdoch outfit) needed to subject an apology after one in every of its presenters mistook an illustration following the police killing of a 24-year-old unarmed black man, Chris Kaba, for a gathering of mourners for the deceased queen. Clearly seen on Sky’s footage had been quite a few protesters carrying Black Lives Matter indicators and carrying t-shirts with the Kaba’s identify on them. Some on social media famous that this sort of gaffe is just not uncommon for a Murdoch information outlet.

+ I misplaced observe of the variety of occasions fawning commentators purported to talk on behalf of “the Nation” when referring to the lifeless monarch and the royal household.

+ CNN’s Erin Burnett to British royal hagiographer Mark Saunders: “What are you in search of these subsequent couple of days from these two essential brothers?”. [in reality, the 2 brothers avoided speaking to each other in public, and didn’t even make eye contact.]

+ By no means talked about in any respect: Charles’s relationship with Diana, his friendship with the infamous paedophile “Sir” Jimmy Savile, the persevering with police investigation into the “money for honours” scheme related along with his charitable basis, which featured a number of massive suitcases full of banknotes.

+ Coming in early 2023: Charles’s coronation, when after all but extra solemn banalities will probably be voiced.