Guernsey Press

Final farewell

GUERNSEY was unusually quiet for an hour yesterday, as islanders crowded to watch the Queen’s funeral and say their final farewell to the monarch.

Members of the royal family follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is carried out of Westminster Abbey during her State Funeral in central London. Picture date: Monday September 19, 2022. (31281914)

At Saumarez Park hundreds of islanders came together to share in their mourning, as the London service was broadcast onto a big screen from 11am.

The event atmosphere was respectful, but also relaxed, with families turning out with picnic blankets.

Despite hundreds of people being there, from pensioners down to babies, the service was largely watched in silence. And as the first refrains of God Save the King sounded from the speakers, islanders of all ages quietly rose to their feet.

While a few sang, most stood in silence, reflecting on the new monarch.

At the end Chief Minister Peter Ferbrache thanked islanders for coming out in such great numbers and said how proud he was of how everyone had been so respectful during the national mourning period.

National mourning officially ended last night.

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