May 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me.
The team working with Mr Connolly includes the Middletons’ local family florist, Emma Sampson, 27, who owns Green Parlour in Bucklebury.The flowers and plants will be left in position in the abbey for the public to view until the following Friday.Lynne Truss is right in believing that royal pageantry has a power to attract and impress people today more than ever (“Pomp and pageantry aplenty. But not history”, Opinion, April 25). There is also a very long tradition of royal pageantry, in England at least, with the first recorded royal reception in London being the welcome provided for Eleanor of Provence, when she came to England for her coronation in 1236.Elizabeth I’s procession to Blackfriars, circa 1600, by Robert Peake the ElderBy the 15th century, it had become customary to give monarchs great receptions and festivals of pageantry for their coronations, marriages and if victorious in battle. For example, upon Henry V’s return to London in November 1415 from his victory at Agincourt, there was a great royal procession and show of pageantry. Over the entrance to London Bridge is reported to have been a giant holding the keys of the City; in the middle of the bridge, towers were represented supporting an antelope, which held a shield with the royal arms, a lion with a royal standard on a staff in its paw, and a richly decorated statue of St George in armour. This is but one of many examples when the crowds came out to celebrate and to see their monarch and Royal Family, in a great show of pageantry and celebration, as they will for the current Royal Family, and in particular to see Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday.Although Lynne Truss is right in saying these royal occasions have not always been as pristinely rehearsed or as clean cut as the royal processions and pageantry of today, to say that we, the British, have only been masters of ceremony and at holding great shows of royal procession and pageantry in the past 100 years or so, is to greatly undermine the clear spirit, effort and joy that this country and its people have put into such royal occasions for centuries. toby wheeler London SE9 Sir, Lynne Truss is quite wrong to say “that Britain used to be rubbish at royal pageantry” and that our “apparently ancient traditions were artfully invented in the 19th century”. While it is certainly true that the late Victorian and Edwardian period saw a great resurgence of royal pageantry, this modern form had the good fortune to have the Tudor period to draw upon for almost every detail. Nobody — before or since — has ever done royal pageantry quite like Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.