Centenary

By Sue Vincent in commemoration of the British unknown soldier.

The Silent Eye

King George attends the burial of the Unknown Warrior, in Westminster Abbey, 1920. Artist Frank O. Salisbury

For some reason, the image moved me to tears. The ninety-four year old monarch standing, black-clad, alone and in silent respect, beside the tomb of a man buried six years before her birth on the centenary of his committal to this final resting place. One woman, alone. The grave, outlined in the red of remembrance poppies, is lit by a cascade of white orchids and myrtle… a replica of her wedding bouquet, first placed there over seventy years before, and following a tradition begun by her own mother, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, in 1923, on her marriage to the man who would become King George VI.

Lady Elizabeth’s elder brother, Fergus, had been killed during the Battle of Loos in 1915, his body had been buried in the nearby quarry and the details of…

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2 thoughts on “Centenary

  1. YOU CRY FOR THOSE THAT DIDN’T MAKE IT HOME TO THEIR FAMILY, THEN YOU CRY FOR TJOSE OF YOURS THAT DID.. IT HAPPENED THAT THE SECOND WORLD WAR WAS THE WAR TO END ALL WARS,.AND SO SHOULD IT BE. NO MORE SHOULD WE WEEP FOR A GENERATION LOST IN FOREIGN FIELDS. wE SHOULD LEARN TO LIVE IN PEACE.

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