Originally posted by Lady Jean@Jun 10th, 2004 - 11:23 am
Mrs. Shand-Kydd's funeral was today in Oban. Princes William and Harry were there. Prince Charles was not. THe story and some pictures are at www.bbc.co.uk If someone could provide the link for the photos, please.
Tears Flow as Diana's Mother Is Mourned
By Jude Sheerin, Scottish Press Association
Tears flowed today as hundreds of mourners celebrated the life of Frances Shand Kydd.
Sunlight streamed through the tall, slender, stained-glass windows of St Columba’s cathedral – illuminating the blue granite and English oak interior.
The hush which descended as the Spencer family and Princes William and Harry arrived was broken by the mournful tolling of the cathedral’s two huge iron bells.
Security men mingled throughout the congregation and watched vigilantly as the organ music began and the 17 celebrants of the mass made their way towards the altar in flowing white robes.
William’s cousin Emily McCorquodale delivered the first reading, before Prince William gingerly ascended the pulpit.
William, who spoke last week of his grief at his grandmother’s death, gripped the lectern and appeared to struggle to master his emotions when his voice faltered as he read five verses from the Book of Romans.
The tanned 21-year-old glanced tentatively at his grandmother’s coffin, which lay before the altar decked in lilies, and his voice echoed clearly around the cathedral.
Then he descended from the pulpit followed by his cousin Emily and both bowed to the altar before returning to their seats.
Among the mainly elderly congregation, heads were bowed in grief. Some of the mourners wept silently, but there were smiles as Canon MacKay recalled Mrs Shand Kydd’s love of life.
During Communion, William and Harry chatted animatedly to one another before joining in with the hymns as parishioners filed up to receive the Eucharist, touching Mrs Shand Kydd’s coffin and making the sign of the cross.
Earl Charles Spencer struggled to fight back the tears when he spoke at the funeral of his sister, Diana, seven years ago.
And he battled again to master his emotions as he made his way to the pulpit to read a eulogy to his mother.
Grief was etched on his features as the Earl, wearing horn-rimmed reading spectacles, recalled his mother’s “joie de vivre”.
He paid glowing tribute to his mother, and spoke with sadness of her “particularly vicious and unfair” illness, which he said had not robbed her of her sense of humour.
As the coffin was carried out of the cathedral by six pall bearers in full Highland regalia, teenage piper Andrew Milne struck up a Highland lament and clouds of incense rose into the air.
The Spencer family followed the coffin out of the cathedral, all of them heads bowed and sobbing. The husband of Lady Jane Fellowes, Sir Robert, placed hands of comfort on the shoulders of his children, Laura and Alexander.
The Earl smiled and mouthed a silent ‘thank you’ to a mourner who expressed her condolences.
The Spencer family were followed by William and Harry, heads also bowed.
William smiled gratefully at another parishioner who squeezed his arm in sympathy.
Outside the cathedral hundreds of mourners fell silent as the funeral cortege made its way up the road and a Union Flag and Saltire fluttered in the breeze on the waterfront