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British State Funerals [Apr. 9th, 2013|02:31 pm]
Tony Grist
I asked Wikipedia.

The difference between a state funeral and a ceremonial funeral is that a state funeral has to be voted for in parliament. There's no difference in ritual between the two (ceremonial funerals may include a lying in state) except that in a ceremonial funeral the gun carriage is drawn by horses and in a state funeral by sailors. This latter tradition dates from an incident at the funeral of Queen Victoria when the horses bolted and a bunch of naval ratings took their place.

Here's a list of all the non-royal state funerals since time began.

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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2013-04-09 02:01 pm (UTC)
A fascinating list - thanks!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-04-09 03:07 pm (UTC)
A motley crew, isn't it?
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2013-04-09 03:14 pm (UTC)
It's interesting that Sidney's was the first. (Oh, and you can see it here.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-04-09 05:43 pm (UTC)
What an amazing show.

I want one of those hats.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2013-04-09 03:21 pm (UTC)
Half of them gladly forgotten. So may it be with Caesar - sorry, Thatcher.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-04-09 05:36 pm (UTC)
There are several names on the list which- to a modern mind at least- are fairly contentious.

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