and for the purposes of the title there have been many! However, topping the list was the Royal Ceremonial Funeral of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Louis MOUNTBATTEN in which I was greatly privileged to have a leading role, some say, The leading role. The event took place on Wednesday the 5th September 1979, many took part, but from the feed-back I receive, few actually saw the video of the funeral. For those who didn't witness this absolutely splendid affair, which, as you will see, was a naval event from beginning to end, here is an opportunity to share in that IMMENSE PRIDE of being a Royal sailor in London and in Romsey on that beautiful and fine late summer day.

The video is nearly two hours in length, and a couple of sections of the parade/ceremony were not filmed, giving you an idea of the length of the event. The sections not filmed were the procession from Wellington Barracks in Birdcage Walk just outside Buckingham Place to St James's Palace and The Queen's Chapel, and the ceremony which took place inside Waterloo Station. Nothing was filmed at Romsey where all aspects of that part of the funeral were deemed to be private. When split-up and overlaps are applied to avoid missing anything, the video runs to fourteen separate parts.

When it comes to video, the old old problem of internet access speeds comes to the fore, and with it, comes the decision on what platform to chose to deliver the video to your screens. No matter what the choice, many will suffer either long wait times for downloads on files which cannot be opened until fully downloaded, or "buffering" when viewing {or attempting to view} streamed files which start more or less when the file starts its downloading sequence.  Many I know experience great frustration on 'youtube' <for example> because their broadband speed is inadequate. Is it better to use a streaming method and accept that buffering is a part of on-line life, or to deliver files which are not subjected to 'buffering' but take for ages to download?

In delivering this file to you I have chosen a streaming system which should be good enough for most of you to enjoy the story line.

You will note that the files are much larger than the files normally seen on 'youtube'. Each of these files is approximately 400 MB in size which have been compressed {4:1} and  a streaming-codec added to achieve a file of approximately 100 MB giving a 12 to 15 minute run period on average, with relatively short download times between each part stopping a new part starting. I cannot compete with youtube for its excellence, stunning menus and sheer technical genius because I don't have the knowledge, the tools or the money required.  

This page should be used in conjunction with this page The Ceremonial Funeral of Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma.

 At best, the quality overall is good to excellent, but in one part, Part Six {when leaving Horse Guards Parade for Whitehall} there is a little turbulence, and again in Part Seven, there is a glitch lasting for a second or so!

However, simultaneous page download trials using two different routers <one a BT standard broadband and one a BT Infinity, both in turn 'wifi' connected and then hard-wired RJ45 'Ethernet' connected> employing three machines {Desktop with XP SP3} {Laptop with Windows 7 Home Edition} and a Laptop with Windows 8 Pro. All produced satisfactory results with the routers connected for Ethernet, notwithstanding their 'specs, high-speed or standard-speed, produced the best results - as expected ! Equally as expected, the Safari browser used in Apple products, under-performed to such an extent that non of the graphics the author wanted to show were visible. To a slightly lesser degree, browser like Google Chrome also failed the "acid-test".

Over the last few years, I have become a self certificated aficionado of national events and ceremony. In that long list of events, I include Royal events [weddings, deaths, jubilees, travel]; State events [Mrs Thatcher's death, Remembrance services, Trooping the Colour etc]  and others, and have noted the oft times glaring errors made by the media commentators.  This funeral commentary did not evade my attention even though I took part in it  and wasn't able to see the screened production in-situ. One statement, designed to set the scene, and to be found in Part One, refers to a phalanx of sailors, there waiting to pull the gun carriage, as being dressed in "fore and aft rig"?  Fleming, Dimbleby and others have regularly made such errors, but this error didn't exactly auger well for the rest of the commentary! He should have said 'square rig' of course.

Note from the band music you will hear,  just how difficult it was to keep one's ear on the right band, the band directly associated with one's group. There were many bands reasonably close together playing different tunes, with music being reflected by nearby buildings and the tall trees, mainly London Plane's, with their great big leaves forming a blanket effect akin to any large stone built building. It would have been so easy to be wrong-footed, fooled into listening to and following the music of the band in front or behind. It called for great concentration.

So here we go!  For those who bother and can accept the download wait time, enjoy this unique event, the only time in our history when a naval gun carriage and a naval bearer party is used together, and of course, the only murdered Royal ever to be carried into Westminster Abbey.  It was a naval occasion par excellence, and I doubt whether it will ever be repeated again. For those who cannot be bothered, perhaps now is the time to emigrate up to join the elite with a high speed broadband connection.  Oh! And by the way.......please see the marquee banner {immediately below} and the PS/Important Note {at the end of the page}.

 

The voices you will hear are as follows:-

P.S., and a VERY IMPORTANT NOTE. It is not only broadband connection speeds which dictate the quality of the viewing experience, but it also the hardware/software used on the 'device' involved. Using an Apple product is all well and good, but not when it comes to the internet and web pages. So much of the graphics used in web pages made by Java, Flash etc, cannot be viewed on an IPad or IPod and the viewer misses the whole essence of the story told. Take for example the file mentioned above, viz, The Ceremonial Funeral of Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma. Shortly after opening this file, you should see a video clip of the final part of the Westminster Abbey Service and not long after it, a series of animated videos of London street maps showing the pre-Royal Funeral assembly which took place on the parade ground of Wellington Barracks just yards from Buckingham Palace. If you don't see them, my advice is to immediately close down and return to simple unsophisticated sites devoid of things like Java, Flash, Streaming, Silverlight, Deep Zoom, etc.