Re: The Duke of Windsor's Funeral



The Duke aged rapidly in the late 1960s and died of throat cancer on
28 May 1972 at his home in Paris.

His body was returned to Britain, lying in state at St George's Chapel
in Windsor Castle; an unexpectedly large number of people filed by the
casket. The funeral service was held in the chapel on 5 June in the
presence of the Queen, the royal family, and the Duchess of Windsor,
and the coffin was buried in a plot beside the Royal Mausoleum at
Frogmore.

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York, the Moderator of the Church of
Scotland and the Dean of Westminster headed the procession into the
chapel. The entire royal family followed, with the exception of the
Duke of Gloucester who was too ill to attend. Also in attendance were
the King of Norway, Earl Mountbatten, the Prime Minister.

"The most stirring moment came when Garter King of Arms proclaimed the
style and titles of the late Duke: Knight of the Garter, of the
Thistle, of St. Patrick, Knight Grand Cross of a multiplicity of
Orders, one-time King Edward VIII of Great Britain, Ireland and the
British Dominions beyons the Seas, Emperor of India. To everyone in
the congregation this roll-call of heraldic honours must have provided
a vivid reminder of how much he had given up..."

Quote from "King Edward VIII" by Philip Ziegler, Knoff, 1991, pgs
478-480

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