The Age says that a state funeral is being held today at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney. It starts at 12.30 – that’s just over an hour from the time I’m writing – and at 12 the Qantas plane named after her is flying over the city.
Even in death, it’s easy to see what a marvellous character she was. She requested that the cathedral be decorated in pink. The Australian Women Pilots’ Association will be in pink, too. And her family asked that, instead of flowers, contributions be made to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
A fitting send-off for a legend.
ETA: 3 Tiger Moths will be flying over the harbour later, according to Channel Ten News, which I am inexplicably watching. Why is Angela Bishop reporting? Isn’t she an entertainment reporter? I hope they’re expanding her purview, because having an entertainment reporter at a funeral is ringing some alarm bells in my head.
ETA2: ABC news adds that pearls are to be worn, also. And at a quarter to five, Gypsy Moths will be flying over the harbour later. Which makes sense, because, you know, that’s what she flew. Nice one, Ten.