Queen made personal decision to attend Lady Thatcher's funeral | Politics | The Guardian
Mar 6, In a new Channel 5 documentary Elizabeth: Our Queen, Princess Josephine In a book, The Queen and Mrs Thatcher: An Inconvenient Relationship, The Queen, known for her biting impressions, mocked Thatcher's. Jun 1, 'The Iron Lady,' starring Meryl Streep, skips over the relationship between of William S. Paley; Pamela Harriman; Diana, Princess of Wales; John and When Queen Elizabeth II took the throne sixty years ago on February 6. Mar 5, THE Queen was reduced to tears over her feud with Margaret Queen Elizabeth II in pictures: The Queen's fashion to 'The Queen and Mrs Thatcher: An inconvenient relationship' by Dean Palmer. . REVEALED: Moment photographers KNEW Princess Diana and Prince Charles' marriage was OVER.
Down the street at St. Throughout London, citizens openly wept in the streets. She was an exceptional and gifted human being.The Queen was 'in RAGE' with Margaret Thatcher for THIS reason.
In good times and bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness. After days of this, the citizenry grew weary.
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Shamed by the press and the public for being cold and callous, the royal family had a crisis on its hands. I want to pay tribute to Diana myself. Princess Diana was the first royal to speak publicly of her mental-health issues.
The greatest memorial — and reminder — that this August will commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death is how William and Harry have chosen this year to start talking about her passing. In a very deliberate move, the princes are sharing stories of their personal trauma to help break down barriers and build awareness for mental illness.
Everyone knows the story. No one in the royal family had previously worked so hard to make the untouchable or unspeakable part of the conversation.
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Her empathy may have come from her own private struggles. During a television interview that shocked the world, Diana confessed to suffering from bulimia, post-natal depression and anxiety. Her uncle, Edward VIII, was king for less than a year before he chose love over position and abdicated in order to marry his forbidden love, American divorcee Wallis Simpson, in Princess Margaret was crushed.
The Queen attends funerals very rarely.
On this occasion, Buckingham Palace had no precedent because no other former prime minister had been granted a ceremonial funeral, let alone one on such grand scale. Winston Churchill, the first prime minister of her reign, William Gladstone, and Lord Palmerston are among those to have been accorded a state funeral.
The Queen attended Churchill's funeral inBut there is no rule book governing this unique set of circumstances so her decision to attend, with the Duke of Edinburgh, can be interpreted as a highly personal and significant gesture, indicative of the respect she had for the eighth and longest-serving of her prime ministers. The decision to grant Thatcher the honour of a ceremonial funeral, however, was political, and taken a long time ago.
Protocol dictates permission for a ceremonial funeral must be sought from the monarch.
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The request to the Queen to approve such a funeral came from the government and Thatcher's family several years ago, believed to be around the time the Operation True Blue committee was set up under Tony Blair's premiership in Unless the Queen had insurmountable personal or constitutional reasons to refuse, it would be assumed she would accede to such a request made by her democratically elected government. Undoubtedly, she would have been aware the decision could cause controversy. She's a wise woman and would have been well advised," said royal commentator Joe Little of Majesty Magazine.
Thatcher is said to have vetoed the idea of a state funeral, which requires a vote in parliament to approve funds, fearing it would lead to a divisive debate in the Commons. Apart from the parliamentary approval, there is little to visibly distinguish state from ceremonial.
State funerals are normally limited to sovereigns, but may, by order of the reigning monarch, be extended to exceptionally distinguished individuals.
Ceremonial funerals are traditionally for those of the royal family who hold high military rank, the consort of the sovereign or the heir to the throne.
The funerals of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Queen Mother will provide a template for the pageantry and ceremony on Wednesday.
Thatcher's representatives turned to Sir Malcolm Ross, a former long-serving member of the Queen's household who, as comptroller of the lord chamberlain's Office, was responsible for the organisation of both royal funerals.