Funeral directors to the Royal Household

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The Funeral directors to the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom are selected and appointed by the Lord Chamberlain's Office.wikipedia
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The same companies are normally used to assist during state or ceremonial funerals of eminent people outside the Royal Family, for example Sir Winston Churchill or Margaret Thatcher.
State and ceremonial funerals in the United Kingdom are usually assisted by the funeral directors to the Royal Household, which are privately owned and commercially operated businesses selected and appointed by the Lord Chamberlain's Office.

William Banting

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In the early 19th century, the royal undertakers were the family business of William Banting of St. James’s Street, London.
As funeral directors to the Royal Household itself, the Banting family conducted the funerals of King George III in 1820, King George IV in 1830, the Duke of Gloucester in 1834, the Duke of Wellington in 1852, Prince Albert in 1861, Prince Leopold in 1884, Queen Victoria in 1901, and King Edward VII in 1910.

Royal Households of the United Kingdom

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Usually privately owned and commercially operated businesses, the funeral directors to the Royal Household do not have more than an occasional role, although they will be called upon if a death occurs in the Royal Family to assist in arranging the funeral arrangements. It is not known when the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom began to employ privately owned and commercially operated funeral directors' companies.
Funeral directors to the Royal Household

Desmond Henley

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The company's chief embalmer during this period was Desmond Henley.
Established in 1880, J. H. Kenyon Ltd were the undertakers to the Royal Household, and had in that role assisted in arranging the funerals of many members of the Royal Family.

Monarch

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The Funeral directors to the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom are selected and appointed by the Lord Chamberlain's Office. It is not known when the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom began to employ privately owned and commercially operated funeral directors' companies.

United Kingdom

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The Funeral directors to the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom are selected and appointed by the Lord Chamberlain's Office. It is not known when the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom began to employ privately owned and commercially operated funeral directors' companies.

Lord Chamberlain

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The Funeral directors to the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom are selected and appointed by the Lord Chamberlain's Office.

British royal family

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Usually privately owned and commercially operated businesses, the funeral directors to the Royal Household do not have more than an occasional role, although they will be called upon if a death occurs in the Royal Family to assist in arranging the funeral arrangements.

Winston Churchill

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The same companies are normally used to assist during state or ceremonial funerals of eminent people outside the Royal Family, for example Sir Winston Churchill or Margaret Thatcher. It was this company which oversaw the funerals of King George VI in 1952, Queen Mary in 1953, and Sir Winston Churchill in 1965.

Royal Warrant of Appointment (United Kingdom)

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Although comparable in their role and function to Royal Warrant holders, the funeral directors serving the Royal Household do traditionally not advertise the fact that they work for the Royal Family.

Funeral director

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It is not known when the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom began to employ privately owned and commercially operated funeral directors' companies.

George III of the United Kingdom

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The Banting family conducted the funerals of King George III in 1820, King George IV in 1830, the Duke of Gloucester in 1834, the Duke of Wellington in 1852, Prince Albert in 1861, Prince Leopold in 1884, Queen Victoria in 1901, and King Edward VII in 1910.

George IV of the United Kingdom

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The Banting family conducted the funerals of King George III in 1820, King George IV in 1830, the Duke of Gloucester in 1834, the Duke of Wellington in 1852, Prince Albert in 1861, Prince Leopold in 1884, Queen Victoria in 1901, and King Edward VII in 1910.

Prince William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh

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The Banting family conducted the funerals of King George III in 1820, King George IV in 1830, the Duke of Gloucester in 1834, the Duke of Wellington in 1852, Prince Albert in 1861, Prince Leopold in 1884, Queen Victoria in 1901, and King Edward VII in 1910.

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

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The Banting family conducted the funerals of King George III in 1820, King George IV in 1830, the Duke of Gloucester in 1834, the Duke of Wellington in 1852, Prince Albert in 1861, Prince Leopold in 1884, Queen Victoria in 1901, and King Edward VII in 1910.

Albert, Prince Consort

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The Banting family conducted the funerals of King George III in 1820, King George IV in 1830, the Duke of Gloucester in 1834, the Duke of Wellington in 1852, Prince Albert in 1861, Prince Leopold in 1884, Queen Victoria in 1901, and King Edward VII in 1910.

Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

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The Banting family conducted the funerals of King George III in 1820, King George IV in 1830, the Duke of Gloucester in 1834, the Duke of Wellington in 1852, Prince Albert in 1861, Prince Leopold in 1884, Queen Victoria in 1901, and King Edward VII in 1910.

Queen Victoria

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The Banting family conducted the funerals of King George III in 1820, King George IV in 1830, the Duke of Gloucester in 1834, the Duke of Wellington in 1852, Prince Albert in 1861, Prince Leopold in 1884, Queen Victoria in 1901, and King Edward VII in 1910.

Edward VII

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The Banting family conducted the funerals of King George III in 1820, King George IV in 1830, the Duke of Gloucester in 1834, the Duke of Wellington in 1852, Prince Albert in 1861, Prince Leopold in 1884, Queen Victoria in 1901, and King Edward VII in 1910.

George VI

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It was this company which oversaw the funerals of King George VI in 1952, Queen Mary in 1953, and Sir Winston Churchill in 1965.

Mary of Teck

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It was this company which oversaw the funerals of King George VI in 1952, Queen Mary in 1953, and Sir Winston Churchill in 1965.

Embalming

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The company's chief embalmer during this period was Desmond Henley.

Telegraph Media Group

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In 2007 company director Clive Leverton explained the mode of appointment to The Telegraph.

Diana, Princess of Wales

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"'There is no written contract,' he said. 'It is just a handshake really.'" In 1997 Leverton & Sons repatriated the body of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

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The company also organised the funerals of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 2002, Princess Margaret in 2002 and Baroness Thatcher in 2013.