Sept. 19, 2022 – Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Today I witnessed via television the Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. I was up just before 3:00 a.m. (our time here in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) to watch live the coverage of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. One of many millions around the world watching from their homes while hundreds of thousands lined the streets and roads to watch history in person.

The first service was held at Westminster Abbey with over 2000 people including the Royal family and extended family members, world leaders and dignitaries. I saw our Prime Minister Trudeau and his wife in attendance along with the newly appointment Prime Minister Liz Truss of the United Kingdom. King Charles and his wife Queen Consort Camilla leading the family. Prince William and Princess Catherine along with two of their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Following the Queen’s coffin were King Charles III eldest son, Princess Royal Anne (daughter), Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Peter Phillips (Anne’s son and grandson to the Queen), William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex,(sons of King Charles III and grandsons), Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowden.

To all the Service peoples participating in the funeral services and in the procession, thank you.

I was very impressed by the fact that Princess Anne was with her Mother, Queen Elizabeth from the beginning of the journey back in Scotland until today when she was laid to rest.

After the service at Westminster Abbey the coffin bearing the late Queen was carried to the hearse to make its’ way to Windsor Castle, St. George’s Chapel for the committal service where the Queen would be laid to rest with her parents, her sister Margaret and her beloved husband Prince Philip.

Canada played a large role in the funeral procession and services with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on horseback leading the way. At Windsor Castle reminders of the Queen’s love for her ponies and corgis with Emma, the pony and two of her corgis, Sandy and Muick.

Her love of animals so evident.

The many thousands of flowers that had been laid at Windsor Castle in memory of the late Queen had been taken by hand and made into arrangements which were laid on the grounds near St. George’s Chapel.

The coffin was draped with the Royal Standard and atop sat the Imperial State Crown (absolutely breathtaking) with the sovereign’s orb and sceptre. It was sad when they were removed near the end of the service at St. George’s Chapel before the casket was lowered into the royal vault.

The lone bagpiper …….

The wreath on top of the casket was made of flowers and plants from the palace gardens to include rosemary to mark memories, myrtle which the original plant had been in the Queen’s bridal bouquet, roses and more. So beautiful. There was a handwritten note from the Queen’s eldest son, the new King Charles III. Everything so carefully chosen and put together. I felt every minute of the funeral services had been carefully put together including the guests and the music.

The bells and Big BEN.

I wish that I could have been in attendance but I watched in awe from my living room sofa. The weather was about 17 degrees celsius during the later part of the service (Windsor Castle) as I checked unlike the weather here in Edmonton, thousands of miles away where it is rainy and dull.

I would like to post some of the 329 photos that I snapped during the 7 hours that I watched the services and procession but my poor old computer is still uploading them. I am quite certain that everyone has been photos posted on social media and on the television. So I will leave them to upload or download, whichever it is.

There were so many memorable moments that with not much sleep I am wanting to bring forth but I am unable. This was a day that I shall not soon forget and I am so thankful that I was able to take a day of vacation so that I could watch the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

I extend my deepest sympathies to King Charles III, his wife Queen Consort Camilla, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward and their families. To Prince William, Princess Catherine and their children, to Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex, and to all of the family my deepest sympathies and gratitude.

From Canada, God Save the King and may Queen Elizabeth rest well.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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Last Half 2022 – September

Good Morning ALL! I hope this finds you well. What a morning I am having!! We were up at a reasonable time of 4:15 first and then to the sofa until 6:30 (shocking) and then up just after 8:00 a.m. for the day. What a life we lead. I noticed when we were first up that the moon appeared to be in the shape of a crescent. Oh so beautiful. Just like magic, one day it is a full, circle shape and a few days later it is a crescent. When I was up, I immediately went over to look after my charges: Humphrey, Bogart and Miss Cynder. Fed, watered and treated. The cats had their littler cleaned. Their parents had bought a new litter container and it took me a couple of tries but I figured out after you place the “litter” in the top, there is a trap door handle to pull and voila, bye bye “stuff.” The cats were not into company this morning not sure why. Humphrey did give me a bit of love and Bogart just hissed when he walked by and I stroked his tail. Cynder the gecko was sleeping.

Once home, Mr. Alvin was happy to see me and wanted a treat, so gave him a bit of his “dry food” followed by a drink of water and then we were outside for a pee and poo.

Yesterday was a great day, I got so much done in the garden and could feel it in my body this morning when I went to bed over. I guess I am not quite as young as I used to be, lol. Must remember to do some stretches before doing extensive garden work. First of all, I cleaned up the garage, then went to work on the back flower garden. I cut back the plants making ready for winter and then transplanted the plants that my friend gave me. Also, transplanted most of the geraniums into smaller pots to winterize in the basement. It took me several hours but at least most of the gardening is done. I have two pots of lavender, one pot with a huge plant that I bought from Costco (not sure what the plant is exactly), lily, citronella plant and a greek oregano plant to bring in or dispose of. There are also the two pots of impatiens on the front step and three plants to trim back in the front garden. But most is done. I did not get to trimming the tree. After the outdoor work was done, I went to see the charges next door and did some laundry and cleaning in between. Then it was getting on so I made a potato, cauliflower dish (baked in oven) and put it on to slowly cook. Actually originally I was making scalloped potatoes until I realized that some of my potatoes were too soft to peel. ARGH. I do not like to waste. Anyway they are put in the green bin for compost. So not a total waste. Man, do I need some coffee. We had a quite evening with another visit next door for a total of three.

This morning once I am done here, will put on a pot of coffee and then put away the drying dishes and then start preparing to give Mr. Alvin a haircut followed by a bath. I have many items on the list and will try to get to most of them. I need to have a shower but figured it better to wait until after the boy has a haircut as I will be covered in hair.

Tonight I think we will sleep on the sofa or else set the alarm so that we can get up to watch Queen Elizabeth’s funeral live on t.v. I could wait and watch later but I want to be up to see the service as it happens. To pay my regards and to give my respect to a woman who gave her life to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth and was a role model for women worldwide.

Well that was a most trying situation. Trying to get photos posted. Technology does not always like me. The first photo was not meant to be posted. This time.

Time to head back downstairs as I desperately need COFFEE.

I hope that you have a great day.

Continuing to live this day with kindness, respect, compassion, patience, love, laughter, understanding, gratitude, focus, possibilities, and coffee.

Always, Carol & Alvin

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