[LMB] Pallbearers

Peter Granzeau pgranzeau at cox.net
Fri Jan 7 20:47:18 GMT 2011

At 06:14 PM 1/6/2011, Howard Brazee wrote:

>On Jan 6, 2011, at 3:02 PM, Carol Cooper wrote:
>> Peter Granzeau wrote
>>>> http://www.godfreydykes.info/ceremonial_funeral_of_lord_louis.htm
>>>> The actual bearers were drawn from the Navy (Mountbatten having had a
>>> naval career himself) but I remember that Princes William and Harry both
>>> took turns among the ceremonial guard during the lying in state.
>>> Note that the coffin was borne feet first.
>> You mean there are places where it isn't?  I thought that was universal.
>> Carol
>I guess with old fashioned coffins, we could see which end was the head.
>Is there some meaning that people ascribe to the direction the coffin is pointing?
>(I will never understand the psychology of how society decides to treat corpses).

It appears that British practice in coffin designing is the shape shown in the video.  American practice is a large, squared off box very expensively made (and sold at a HUGE markup--and inexpensive ones are deliberately made ugly, so people won't be inclined to purchase them),

I commented on the "feet first" orientation because someone a few days back said they were moved head first.

I have not seen a coffin carried except in state funerals.  I just attended a funeral a few weeks ago, and the coffin was wheeled around on a chromium dolly by the undertaker.

As regards Mountbatten's funeral--surely in the late 1970s, the symbolic honor guards would have been Princes Charles and Andrew (both of whom were at one time serving officers of the RN).

Regards, Pete
pgranzeau at cox.net 

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