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Published on Jun 19, 2007
The Dean commends Diana's soul to enter the Kingdom of Heaven "...where grief and misery are banished, and light and joy evermore abide."
The Welsh Guards shoulder the coffin and, led by the ivory cross, march down the nave to the haunting and deeply moving 'Song for Athene' with words from Shakespeare and the Othodox Funeral Service to music by the still living composer John Tavener who composed it for the funeral of a sixteen year old girl who died in a road accident in 1993:
May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
Remember me O Lord, when you come into your kingdom.
Give rest O Lord to your handmaid, who has fallen asleep.
The choir of saints have found the well-spring of life, and door of paradise.
Life: a shadow and a dream.
Weeping at the grave creates the song: Alleluia.
Come, enjoy rewards and crowns I have prepared for you.