‘Main Character’ Choirboy Goes Viral At Queen’s Funeral

As the world tuned in to watch Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, one choirboy managed to steal the show.

The ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey in London as kings and heads of state paid tribute to Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

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The Choirboy (front left) at the Queen’s funeral. His passion caught the attention of TV viewers watching the event.
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Elizabeth died on 8 September at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, aged 96, and her funeral at the Abbey was a solemn occasion dating back centuries.

The music was performed by the Westminster Abbey Choir of 30 choirboys aged between 8 and 13 and 12 adult singers, all conducted by musical director James O’Donnell.

The singers performed three hymns, two anthems and two new works created by Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan for the funeral.

One of the choirboys caught the attention of viewers at home, who dubbed him the “MVP” of the funeral for his dedication to music.

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The children of the choir leave Westminster Abbey during the Commonwealth Day service ceremony on March 14, 2022 in London. The boy in the front of the photo “stole the show” during the Queen’s funeral.
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“Call out to the little choir Ginger who vibted. My boy knows this is being watched by a billion viewers and he’s into it,” one person commented on Twitter.

A second added: “The little redheaded kid in the choir looks like he’s singing from the heart.”

A third wrote: “The little redhead boy in the front left row of the choir steals the show. Bravo little man,” and a fourth tweeted, “The redhead choirboy is the MVP.”

A Twitter user claimed to know the choirboy and referred to him as Barnaby.

“By the way, but this choirboy (red hair) is called Barnaby and he was born when my daughter and his mother and my wife were walking the streets of Bow in E[ast] London together as both babies haven’t slept! He’s a choirboy in Westminster now, my daughter watches Netflix!” wrote Twitter user @duncanshrubsole.

The choir was founded in the late 14th century when Westminster Abbey was a Benedictine monastery.

It was created to perform at daily services but also at important royal and state occasions held at the abbey such as the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee service.

The Queen’s coffin left Westminster Hall at 10.44am on Monday in a short procession to the Abbey, where her funeral was attended by royalty, world leaders and other notable guests.

Their children, King Charles III, Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward marched behind the coffin, followed by Princes William and Harry.

After the funeral, the Queen’s coffin was taken in a procession through London to Wellington Arch in Hyde Park Corner.

Thousands of people lined the streets to pay their respects to Elizabeth as the parade passed London landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Pall Mall.

From Wellington Arch, the Queen’s body is loaded onto the state hearse and transported to Windsor Castle in Berkshire.

There, a second service will be held in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, and the Queen will be buried in a private ceremony, with King Charles III dropping earth on the coffin before it is lowered into the royal vault.

Elizabeth is buried alongside her father, King George VI, her mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and her sister, Princess Margaret.

The body of her late husband, Prince Philip, who died in April 2021, is removed from the royal vault and placed beside her.

https://www.newsweek.com/viral-choir-boy-queen-funeral-westminster-abbey-1744089 ‘Main Character’ Choirboy Goes Viral At Queen’s Funeral

Rick Schindler

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