This Side of the Pond
Notes from an Uprooted Englishwoman
April 22, 2021
On an island in the Pacific, surrounded by jungle, the tribespeople are in mourning. Clad in traditional garb and still linked to the cultural rituals that have always shaped their way of life, the Vanuatuans proudly decorate their wood-and-thatch huts with photographs of the Duke of Edinburgh.
I’m sure it cannot have escaped your notice that the longest serving royal consort in history was laid to rest on Saturday after a low-key service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. A man who didn’t much like fuss, Prince Philip apparently once asked the Queen to, “Just stick me in the back o...