The Queen's funeral was epic!
Queen Elizabeth II's funeral procession to Windsor Castle

Dear Editor,

I watched in awe today the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, which was broadcast on all the major news networks worldwide.

As a student of Caribbean history who has always been interested in British history, from the era of feudalism till now, I was really impressed by the ancient English customs used during the funeral. I was even more impressed by the thousands of people who lined the highways to see the procession, and due to the fact that I have never visited Britain, I was quite awestruck by the aerial views of the lovely countryside and the architecture on displayed for all to see.

The beautiful scenery reminded me of the movie Braveheart.

Many people were given a course in history when the correspondents, especially those at CNN, took us all down memory lane to reflect on the history of the magnificient Windsor Castle, which we all saw from different vantage points.

While viewing the castle I was reminded of the English fairy tales, which we learnt in primary school, for instance, Cinderella, who lived in the castle with her stepmom and her wish to be with her darling prince (the wedding of Prince Charles and the late Lady Diana reminded me of this story), and other notable tales and nursery rhymes, such as Robinhood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Miss Muffet, and Humpty Dumpty.

My emotions ranged from joy to sadness due to the somberness of the moment when The Queen was laid to rest at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. I was also captivated and riveted by the toll of the bells while the coffin made its journey to the castle, along with the firing of the canons, which reminded me of the time of the buccaneers who conquered cities with these weapons, and who later gave way to the privateers.

I also enjoyed the different garbs of the military, the police, and The Queen's Guard as well as the songs rendered by the St George's choir. Finally, the bagpiper who played beneath her window at Buckingham Palace every morning gave his final rendition of a song to her while her casket was lowered into the burial place.

It was truly an epic and memorable funeral, the likes of which we will not see again, perhaps for a long, long time.

Daniel Morgan

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