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    More than a thousand people turned out at Westminster Abbey for the memorial service. Those?

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    More than a thousand people turned out at Westminster Abbey for the memorial service. Those attending the service represented a wide range of groups connected with Australia, the commonwealth and the Menzies family. The service was also open to the public. See accompanying list for dignitaries and who they were representing. E.g Prince Charles on Queen's behalf. The main address at the service was given by Rt Hon The lord Home (pron. Hume) of the Hirsel. he called Menzies a great Australian and international statesman. He said his devotion to the monarch was absolute. Menzies found in it mystery and magic. "His admiration for the Westminster model of democracy was profound. He saw in it tradition and the majesty of the law-maker. His belief which never wavered that the self-disciplined society accepted the responsibility for preserving the basic individual freedoms was of the very essence of christian living. Menzies could not imagine a situation in which Australia and Britain could be untrue to their values". Home said that overall Menzies was the kind of friend one like to have by one's side . He said he couldn't omit Menzies love of cricket from his address. He said in some mysterious way meetings of Commonwealth P.M.'s always coincided with a test match at Lords." The service lasted about an hour. For background to Menzies career see accompanying scripts.

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