Upload

Loading...

Diana Funeral: Tavener Alleluia, Quarter Peal, No Commentary

365,648

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Published on Jan 10, 2013

The solemn conclusion of the funeral of Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey, 6 September 1997. Sir John Tavener's "Song For Athene" is sung by the Westminster Abbey Choir as Diana's coffin is borne up the nave toward the great west door. After the national Minute of Silence, the bells of Westminster begin their 3-hour-long quarter peal as the organist plays Bach's "Prelude in C Minor". The procession out the Abbey door as the bells and organ fill the air with thundering discordant sound is one of the most stirring moments of television I have ever witnessed, and was unfortunately marred by almost every broadcaster with voice-over commentary. In the US, the television network CBS was alone in presenting the departure of Diana's cortége from the Abbey with due reverent silence.

Video footage by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), which are the sole owners of this content. Respectfully made available for viewing here for its historical value, and for posterity.

Loading...

Advertisement
When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next.

Up next


to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...