A solemn display of pomp and pageantry

WATCHING the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on television, one could not help but be impressed by the pomp and ceremony of the occasion. It was like a celebration rather than a funerary of death.

The ceremonial costumes and uniforms of the members of the British royal family and their households, the Queen’s guards, pall bearers and soldiers brightened the occasion with a riot of colours.

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