A Sad Farewell To A Regal Pro

ANDREW PARSONS/AFP

Prince Charles and Prince william follow the Queen Mother's flag-draped coffin

It was a week of somber pomp and ceremony: of solemn procession and visibly saddened royals; of effusive speeches from black-suited parliamentarians and flowery messsages from the public on cellophane-wrapped bouquets; of long lines filing past the coffin lying in state in the magnificent medieval Westminster Hall. Britain dedicated last week to paying its respects to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother before the final farewell of her funeral in Westminster Abbey on Tuesday.

The overwhelming tone in all the tributes was genuine affection and respect, sentiments the Queen Mum, who died peace-fully in her sleep the previous Saturday at age...

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