Procession marks ‘warrior queen’s’ death

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Media caption Saxon ruler Aethelflaed is thought to have actually been buried in Gloucester

A mock funeral procession has actually happened in Gloucester to mark the 1,100 th anniversary of the death of Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians.

She led armies versus the Vikings and the Welsh and is thought to have actually been buried at St Oswald’s Priory in the city.

The funeral re-enactment belongs to a weekend-long series of living history occasions informing her story.

The occasion on Saturday drew in more than 10,000 individuals to the city centre.

Local amateur starlet Samantha Swinford won a competitors to represent the Saxon ruler.

She stated: “When I initially saw the call for a high, flaxen-haired female to play Aethelflaed I instantly understood that this was something I wished to be associated with.

“I had actually formerly found out about her anyhow as she was such a powerhouse leader at a time throughout the time of the Vikings intrusions.”

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Image caption Samantha Swinford as Queen Aethelflaed is finished Gloucester city centre

The palanquin including the starlet got here in Gloucester Docks by Viking longboat.

It was brought by pall-bearers through the city to at a specifically ready Anglo Saxon encampment at St Oswald’s Priory.

There, the Rev Canon Nikki Arthy provided a solemn memorial speech in honour of Aethelflaed.

Ben Hau from Marketing Gloucester stated: “It’s been a fantastic experience bringing history to life, shooting the creativities of individuals old and young.

“The turnout at the docks and throughout the city centre for the mock funeral service was great, with numerous individuals wishing to see Gloucester’s warrior queen.”

Aethelflaed, the oldest child of Alfred the Great. is thought to have actually been born in 870 and ruled Mercia in the English midlands from 911 for 7 years up until her death.

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Image caption The palanquin consisting of starlet Samantha Swinford as the Queen shown up by Viking longboat
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Image caption The Rev Canon Nikki Arthy provided a memorial speech

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