Royalty and statesmen




A visibly moved Camilla led mourners at the funeral service for her father Major Bruce Shand on Friday
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Camilla's daughter Laura was comforted by husband Harry Lopes as they left the 15th-century church in Stourpaine, Dorset, where the service was held
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16 JUNE 2006

A visibly heartbroken Camilla bid farewell to her beloved father Major Bruce Shand at his funeral on Friday. The Duchess of Cornwall was joined by 150 mourners including Prince Charles and his sons at the private service held in Dorset.

Major Bruce, a decorated war veteran of El Alemain, passed away last Sunday with his family at his bedside after a long illness. The 89-year-old lived with his daughter Annabelle in Stourpaine, Dorset, in his later years.

As the mourners left the 45-minute service at Holy Trinity Church, Camilla's daughter Laura was comforted by her new husband Harry Lopes. The Duchess' son, Tom, had earlier read the moving poem When I Am Dead by Christina Rossetti, and the congregation sang hymns including Jerusalem and I Vow To Thee My Country.

Others paying their respects included Camilla's former husband Andrew Parker Bowles, former chancellor Lord Howe and the actor Edward Fox.

In March this year Camilla travelled to El Alemain to pay tribute on her father's behalf at the graves of two of his fallen comrades.

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