A PETITION was started saying Captain Tom Moore deserved to receive a state funeral.
The honour is reserved for monarchs and exceptional civilians.King George VI was given a state funeral in 1952Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd
What is a state funeral?
A state funeral is a national event usually reserved for monarchs but on rare occasions it can be used for distinguished figures.
Funerals for high-ranking members of the Royal Family as well as important public figures are usually referred to as “ceremonial funerals”.
In a state funeral a gun carriage is used to carry the body between places which is usually followed by a military process and band along with mourners and officials.
A period of “lying in state” is also observed.
Since the 20th century a state funeral for a monarch has followed the following format:Conveying the body to Westminster Hall Lying in State in Westminster Hall Transporting the body from Westminster to Windsor Castle Funeral service and burial in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
When there is a state funeral for a distinguished person rather than a monarch the format is pretty much the same but the location of the funeral and burial will change.
Winston Churchill’s funeral took place in St Paul’s Cathedral and his body was buried at Bladon.A petition has started calling for Captain Tom Moore to be given a state funeralCredit: EPA
Will Captain Tom Moore get one?
While state funerals are usually only given to monarchs they can be given to important non-royals.
This though has to be approved both by the reigning monarch and parliament.
A petition was started urging the government to approve a state funeral for Captain Tom Moore due to his heroic charitable efforts which raised nearly £33million for NHS charities before he died aged 100.
Watson wrote: “Covid-19 has clouded the world, but this man deserves a special send off to bring a candle to his past, present and future.”
The petition has been signed by more than 242,000 people so far.
Some though have questioned the appropriateness of such a move during the Covid pandemic.
One NHS worker tweeted: “When a petition to provide safe & effective PPE for those caring for Covid patients on general wards only has 3,129 signatures whilst one calling for a state funeral for Captain Tom has tens of thousands, you know where this countries priorities lie[sic]! We are not expendable!”Princess Diana was given a ceremonial funeralCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Who gets a state funeral?
Monarchs are given a state funeral although high ranking officials who have served the country can also receive them.
The spouse of a monarch is not automatically entitled to a state funeral.
Former prime minister Benjamin Disraeli was offered a state funeral but he declined in his will.
Margaret Thatcher was given a ceremonial funeral with full military honours, which was authorised by Queen Elizabeth II with the funeral taking place at St Paul’s Cathedral.
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