Diana, Princess of Wales’s funeral on 6th September 1997 remains, without doubt, the most somber day in the history of the modern British Monarchy. At her funeral, Diana’s brother, the Earl Spencer read a tribute to the late Princess.
It is from this service that the first lot of interest hails; in the form of a hard bound copy of Earl Spencer’s eulogy to his late sister. Complete with its own presentation box the tome is one of only a limited number signed by Earl Spencer himself to be presented to guests on the day of the funeral.
Part of the unforgettable eulogy read:
I stand before you today, the representative of a family in grief, in a country in mourning, before a world in shock.
“We are all united, not only in our desire to pay our respects to Diana, but rather in our need to do so. For such was her extraordinary appeal that the tens of millions of people taking part in this service all over the world, via television and radio, who never actually met her, feel that they too lost someone close to them in the early hours of Sunday morning. It is a more remarkable tribute to Diana than I can ever hope to offer her today.”
The other item on sale at this auction is the official order of service for the funeral of on of England’s greatest Sovereigns, Queen Victoria. A single, folded sheet dated 2nd February 1901, the funeral service sheet provides an insight into a tribute befitting the Queen who presided over England’s domination as the global power of the age.
Order of service for Queen Victoria’s funeral, also up at auction.
Hymns such as ‘Now the labourer’s task is over’ and ‘Sleep thy last sleep’ demonstrate Victoria’s achievements in life, whilst the readings remind us that in death even the grandest of monarchs is unequal to God: “Like as a father pitieth his children so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.”
Both of these fascinating lots are set to sell in Wolverhampton on Friday, 19th April as part of Cuttlestones’ Wolverhampton Specialist Collectors’ Sale. More can be seen about this auction at www.cuttlestones.co.uk.
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