SCRIPT: The state funeral for Sir Winston Churchill was held Saturday (30 January) with honors for the late Prime Minister that had never before been given to a commoner.
High shot buildings
Sailors march with empty caisson (2 shots)
High shot of square
Carry coffin out
Clock Tower (Big Ben)
Coffin on caisson
Firing of cannon (SOF)
Dignitaries go by (Lady Churchill's Coach)
Hi-shot of procession
Clergy men up steps
Queen up steps
Mrs. Churchill up steps
Churchill's son, Randolph, and grandson
Carry coffin into church
Place coffin on high altar
SOF Singing (Battle Hymn of the Republic")
Hi-shot lifting coffin
Dignitaries up aisle
Coffin up aisle
EDITORS NOTE: This material was replayed to New York by space satellite and telerecorded there. The film is intended to be used as silent footage except for three segments indicated on the shot list as SOF: The firing of one of the cannons; the singing of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" in the St. Paul's, and the trumpet salute.
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Background: SCRIPT: The state funeral for Sir Winston Churchill was held Saturday (30 January) with honors for the late Prime Minister that had never before been given to a commoner.
Churchill's body had lain in state for three days at Westminster Hall, close to his beloved House of Commons. The coffin was taken out of the hall and placed on a Royal Navy gun carriage -- the same carriage that bore queen Victoria to her grave in 1901. The carriage has never before been used in the funeral of a commoner. The two-mile procession to St. Paul's Cathedral began moments before Big Ben tolled the quarter hour, at 9:45 a.m. (4:45 a.m. EST). The famous clock at Westminster then remained silent for the rest of the day in tribute to Churchill. As the procession moved through the crowded London streets, there were 90 cannon shots -- one for each Churchill's 90 years. Dignitaries including former British Prime Ministers accompanied the coffin, and Lady Churchill followed in a coach. At the Cathedral, Queen Elizabeth entered for the services accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, and their eldest son, Prince Charles. Lady Churchill was helped up the steps of the Cathedral. Churchill's son Randolph and his grandson, Winston Spencer II, stood silently nearby. The coffin was borne into the church and placed on the high altar during the services. Atop the coffin were the symbols of Churchill's rank as Knight of the Garter, on high honor bestowed by the monarch. During the services, one of the hymns sung was the American "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Churchill had suggested several years before his death that it be included, in honor of his American mother. Just before the and of the Services, the Archbishop of Canterbury offered a prayer, the congregation sang "God save the Queen," and trumpeters from the royal household cavalry sounded the Last Post. A lone bugler answered them from a perch 100 feet high across the Cathedral. The coffin was lifted up and carried down the aisle, preceded by the dignitaries who served as honorary pall-bearers and followed by Lady Churchill and other members of the family.
From the Cathedral, the coffin was borne to the Thames River, but board a launch and taken a mile upriver to Festival Pier. There it was taken to Waterloo station for Churchill's last journey, a trip by train and automobile to his grave near his birthplace, Blenheim Palace.