'Why is it acceptable?' Fury at 'Clap for Queen Elizabeth' plea as mourners cheer coffin

Brexiteer Paul Embery has taken a swipe of members of the public clapping the Queen’s coffin as it passes – suggesting they would not do so for their own loved ones. Mr Embery, a firefighter and former Fire Brigade Union rep and committed socialist, was speaking at the late Monarch took her final journey from Scotland, where she died at Balmoral Castle, to London in advance of her funeral on Monday.

One Facebook page created on Monday calling for members of the public to “Clap for our Queen Elizabeth” has since attracted more than 160,000 responses, with 46,000 confirming “attendance”.

However, the idea did not impress Mr Embery, who an employment tribunal last year found had been unfairly dismissed from his job after speaking at a pro-Brexit rally in Westminster.

He tweeted: “People wouldn’t clap, whoop or cheer at a hearse bearing the body of one of their own loved ones. So why is it acceptable to do it to others?”

His comment attracted plenty of support among other social media users, with one observing: “It’s become a thing to do. Not for me though.

“Applause at the start of football games when someone died fuelled it.”

Samuel Johnson added: “Doesn’t the Church of England have to discourage people from choosing songs like ‘Bat Out of Hell’ at their funerals? Loss of reverence for death goes deeper than that.”

Jason Thackrah said: “I think that any event of such magnitude will attract people from across every spectrum.

“Therefore we shouldn’t be shocked that the behaviour of some doesn’t match our own ideals.

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“The very fact that they turned up shows that they cared. You may not like it but you’re not in charge of the Grieving Police.”

Maurice O’Leary said: “Silence is sullen. How would you express your respect/affection for a much loved monarch?”

John Chayter claimed the spontaneous demonstrations of emotion stemmed from the fact that “the monarchy represents something bigger than family. And emotion needs to be expressed in some way”.

Echoing the words of King Charles III, Scott Clark said: “It’s the cheers she would have got if she were alive is maybe a better way to look at it.

“Dying at 96 shouldn’t be unremittingly sad. It should also be a celebration of a life well-lived.”

Janie Northam said: “I’m sure it will be different on Monday when it is the actual funeral procession.

“I sensed this was people cheering and applauding our late Queen as she came home for the last time today.”

The King and his sons will walk behind the Queen’s coffin today as she leaves Buckingham Palace for the final time ahead of her lying in state.

The royal family will accompany their matriarch on foot on the journey to Westminster Hall where hundreds of thousands of people are expected to pay their respects after queueing for hours.

Charles, the Prince of Wales and Duke of Sussex, along with the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex, will form part of the procession this afternoon.

Clapping, as opposed to staging a minute’s silence, has become commonplace at football matches in recent years, while members of the public were asked to stand outside their homes to clap for the NHS in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

After the death of Diana/Princess of Wales in 1997, well-wishers lining the sides of the roads threw so many flowers on the hearse carrying her coffin the vehicle had to stop to clear some of them off the bonnet.

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