Royals Support Camilla at Her Father's Funeral

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Royals Support Camilla at Her Father's Funeral


Almost 150 mourners including the Prince of Wales and Princes Harry and William joined the Duchess of Cornwall at the funeral of her father Major Bruce Shand yesterday.

The Duchess was joined by her sister, Annabelle Elliot, brother, Mark Shand, and her children Laura Lopez and Tom Parker Bowles at Holy Trinity Church, Stourpaine, Dorset, for the 45-minute service.

Major Shand's Union flag-draped coffin was taken into the picturesque 15th Century church before the mourners, and afterwards the Duchess, dressed in black, and Charles led out the mourners behind the coffin.

Major Shand, 89, a former cavalry officer, died last Sunday with his family at his bedside after a long illness.

The Major had previously battled against cancer.

As people filed out of the church, weeping Mrs Elliot had to be comforted.

The service was conducted by the Rev Stephen Colton, and the hymns sung included Jerusalem and I Vow To Thee My Country. The poem When I Am Dead by Christina Rossetti was read by Tom Parker Bowles and the homily was given by the Rt Rev Peter Ball.

Other mourners included Camilla's former husband Andrew Parker Bowles, former chancellor Lord Howe and actor Edward Fox. …

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