Last Monday, September 19, Elizabeth II’s funeral was held, a majestic ceremony attended by more than 2,000 people., which includes monarchs, heads of state and important statesmen of other nations. As expected, the emperor’s funeral was a solemn act to honor his life and memory which was broadcast around the world. To this end, the Duke of Norfolk has dedicated the last 20 years of his life to the preparation and organization of a funeral honor for the longest-serving sovereign of the United Kingdom.
Duke spared no expense or resources, for which he ordered that the Queen’s coffin be carried to Westminster Abbey in a ‘state gun carriage’, the same Royal Navy artillery carriage used at the state funerals of Queen Victoria, Edward VII, George V and George VI. In addition, he was also in charge of the logistics of processions, religious services and ceremonies during the descent of the coffin into the royal vault.
Fortunately, the funeral was organized by the aristocrat Edward Fitzalan-Howard, Duke of Norfolk, as he had planned for all these years. Despite the presence of the Duke of York and the Duke of Sussex, who have starred in a series of major controversies in recent years; And the fall of one of the royal guards guarding the Queen’s coffin, nothing got out of control, so Fitzlan-Howard managed to fully fulfill his role as ‘Earl Marshal’ achieved. And that, because of his position in the monarchy, he is responsible for organizing everything related to the state funerals of sovereigns, the ascension and coronation of new emperors, and the opening of parliament.
The Duke of Norfolk’s family is the oldest of the British aristocracy
‘Eddie’ as he is often called by his close friends and family, following the death in 2002 of his father, the 17th Duke of Norfolk, Miles Francis Stapleton Fitzalan-Howard, along with his dukedom, his public office and hereditary inherited the title. , on 24 June of the same year. In addition, he also inherited tracts of land, his family’s palace in the UK; As well as a number of earldoms, barony and all the offices and titles associated with the Dukedom of Norfolk, he immediately became one of the hereditary judges of the Court of Chivalry and the head of the College of Arms, the institution responsible for heraldry in Wales, England and the Commonwealth. .
The House of Fitzalan-Howard is one of the UK’s oldest Catholic noble families, as it originated in the reign of Edward I of England in the thirteenth century. In fact, members of this family have lived at Arundale Castle in West Sussex for nearly 850 years, although the construction of this palatial building dates back a thousand years to the 11th century.