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Old 03-07-2020, 07:28 AM   #21
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It wasn't the Queen's Piper but a citizen who took it upon himself to show up and play "Abide With Me" when the funeral procession was near to him. No bands were included in the military escort and it was entirely his own initiative. I believe he did this again at the end of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's funeral (at which massed pipe bands had played a prominent role).
There is a street band PM Piper909 knows who used to do things like that.

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It wasn't the Queen's Piper but a citizen who took it upon himself to show up and play "Abide With Me" when the funeral procession was near to him. No bands were included in the military escort and it was entirely his own initiative. I believe he did this again at the end of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's funeral (at which massed pipe bands had played a prominent role).

Ah, thanks for the clarification! I haven't seen that tape since the day of the broadcast. I thought the piper was dressed in the uniform associated with the Queen's Piper, and might have been filmed at or near some prominent spot near Buckingham Palace (?) ; must have assumed he was part of the official ceremonies.
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Old 04-15-2020, 12:24 PM   #23
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Just came across this: a National Film Board of Canada film celebrating the life of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, with portions of his lying in state and funeral interspersed with clips from his life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gWwVpkpsvM


During the procession in Ottawa, a military band plays "Marche Funebre". During the final procession in Saskatoon before his internment, a pipe band (massed band?) plays "My Home".
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