Sunday, August 30, 2009
Funeral of Zita, Her Imperial and Royal Apostolic Majesty The Empress of Austria, Apostolic Queen of Hungary
But she gains access to the Church of the Capuchins only as a poor sinner.
At the Queen's Mothers funeral in the UK towards the end of the service, The Garter King of Arms proclaimed her styles and titles, a part of the service that had been insisted on by the Queen Mother when planning the service in her own lifetime.
"Thus it hath pleased Almighty God to take out of this transitory life unto His Divine Mercy the late Most High, Most Mighty and Most Excellent Princess Elizabeth, Queen Dowager and Queen Mother, Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Lady of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Lady of the Imperial Order of the Crown of India, Grand Master and Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order upon whom had been conferred the Royal Victorian Chain, Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Dame Grand Cross of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John, Relict of His Majesty King George the Sixth and Mother of Her Most Excellent Majesty Elizabeth The Second by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, Sovereign of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, whom may God preserve and bless with long life, health and honour and all worldly happiness.
Such an impressive list of titles we will never hear again. As the last Empress of India, The Queen Mother held Indian Orders which are now completely defunct (Though our present Queen is still Sovereign of the Orders). Her Majesty held the Orders of the Garter and The Thistle as well as all those which Garter proclaimed."
A much starker contrast can be made however with the Kennedy funeral which celebrated the man.
"Such an important part of our history and our country. " America, America!