Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Funeral of Umberto II

A brief but moving clip of the ceremony at the Abbey of Hautecombe on March 24, 1983, with several shots of a grief-stricken Queen Maria José hidden behind a long black veil. It must have been a very hard year for her, as both her brothers, Prince Charles and King Leopold III of Belgium, would also pass away within the next six months.


MadMonarchist said...

Quite a gathering; King Juan Carlos, King Baudouin, a rep for Pope John Paul II -that's nice to see. It was also nice to see King Constantine II there, 'no hard feelings' and all that. A sad occasion but I do like to see reigning royals treating their less fortunate counterparts with all due respect at such a time.

BelgieRoyalist said...

MM, I am surprised no mention from you of Prince Rainier III being present. This movie, seeing King Baudouin, inspired me to show a similar movie showing all the royals who came to say farewell at the funeral of King Baudouin. Now, I have to hurry, lunch hour almost gone!