Funeral of Elizabeth, the ‘direction’ of the Duke of Norfolk

Edward Fitzalan-Howard has the role of Lord Marshall, responsible for state for the organization

In routine conditions, it prepares for the annual opening ceremony of the UK Parliament. These days, he is the state manager of organizing the Queen’s state funeral Elizabeth IIscheduled for Monday 19 September, and the coronation of the new monarch, Charles III, in Westminster Abbey. Edward Fitzalan-HowardXVIII Duke of Norfolkis the Lord Marshall.

He inherited the position and role from his father in 2002. Since 1936 the Duke of Norfolk has held the position of Lord Marshall. Fitzalan-Howard’s grandfather was responsible for the Queen’s coronation in 1953, the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965 and the investiture of King Charles III as Prince of Wales in 1969.

There is a long list of excellent relationships. Son of Miles Stapleton-Fitzalan-Howard, 17th Duke of Norfolk and his wife, Anne Fitzalan-Howard, Duchess of Norfolk, before 2002 he already held the title of Earl of Arundel. As a member of the Howard family, he is related to Queen Elizabeth I of England, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. As a member of the FitzAlan family he is a descendant of Edward I of England. Not only. The Duke is also a direct descendant of St. Thomas More through his mother, Lady Anne Constable-Maxwell.

A Catholic, he studied at Ampleforth College, a private Catholic school, and attended Lincoln College in Oxford. His links with the world of scouts are well known. He has been president of the 1st Arundel Scout Group since 2010 and president of the district of Arundel & Littlehampton. He is also patron of the West Sussex County Scouts. In June 2003 he obtained the service merit medal of the scout group.