The man who spent 20 years preparing Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral | Business Insider

Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to a naval base in 2021.

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  • Queen Elizabeth’s funeral was held at Westminster Abbey on September 19th.
  • The funeral was attended by dignitaries from around the world, including the royal family and President Biden.
  • A duke was entrusted with the funeral. The preparation period lasted 20 years.

One of the biggest events in modern British history took place on 19th September 2022. State funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

About 2,000 people turned out to attend Westminster Abbey to pay their respects to the Queen, who quietly died at her Scottish residence, Balmoral Castle, on September 8 at the age of 96. Among them were royal families such as King Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as 500 world dignitaries such as US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

But keeping the ceremony in honor of the Queen, who has been on the throne for 70 years, running smoothly is no easy task. According to The Times, it took a man 20 years to prepare it for no pay.

As parliamentary historian Daniel Brittain reported in the paper, the person responsible for planning Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral was Edward Fitz, 18th Duke of Norfolk, who inherited the title in 2002. Alan Howard (Edward Fitzalan-Howard).

In an interview with Britain, the 65-year-old FitzAlan-Howard said preparing for the state funeral was “very scary” but that she hopes to get over it.

18th Duke of Norfolk in formal proclamation of Charles III.

Edward FitzAlan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk at the coronation of Charles III.

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FitzAlan-Howard is in the blood of presiding over royal ceremonies. Britten says he descends from a family that has arranged state funerals and coronation ceremonies for the royal family since 1672.

When his father died, he inherited the title of duke as well as marshal earl in charge of planning ceremonies. According to The Guardian, this puts him in charge of planning the opening of parliament, royal funerals and the coronation of a new monarch.

FitzAlan-Howard told Britain that between the time he took over in 2002 and April 2022, the team had grown from 20 to 280.

He said he was inspired by the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, who died in 1952. “But that was 70 years ago. We are always aware that rituals need to change with the times,” he added.

The 200-year-old tradition of British royal funerals had to change. The obvious change is the funeral hall.

Unlike the funerals of King George VI and Prince Philip, who died in April 2021, Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral was held at Westminster Abbey rather than Windsor Castle to accommodate a wider audience.

And despite the many years spent preparing the funeral, no compensation was paid to FitzAlan-Howard.

“I have decided not to ask the country a single penny for my work as Marshal.”

[原文:The Queen’s funeral took 20 years to plan — and the man behind it did it for free]

(Translation by Makiko Sato, Editing by Toshihiko Inoue)