Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Four royal dukes to march in funeral

March 26, 1953

Reuters is reporting that four royal dukes will "march behind Queen Mary's coffin" during the procession  to Westminster on Sunday.

Queen Mary, the widow of King George V, "will lie in state in Westminster Hall, where her husband and son, Kings George V and George VI lay before her."

The Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Windsor and the Duke of Gloucester, the late Queen's two surviving sons; and her grandson, the Duke of Kent, will follow the coffin after it leaves Marlborough House.

The coffin was moved today from Marlborough House to "the little chapel on grounds" where it will be watched over by members of the late Queen's household.

Queen Mary's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II, spoke publicly for the first about about her grief.

"I know all my people share my grief for a great queen who throughout a lifetime of devoted service was happy in the knowledge of their warm regard and affection.
The funeral will be at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on Tuesday. The number of mourners will be limited to 1,000, including "ranking figures from the remaining royal houses of Europe."

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