Bees told of Queen Elizabeth’s Death

Royal housekeeper John Chapple has carried out the duty of telling the bees kept at Buckingham Palace and Clarence House that Queen Elizabeth has died, and that King Charles is their new master.

"I drape the hives with black ribbon with a bow," he said...

"You knock on each hive and say, 'The mistress is dead, but don't you go. Your master will be a good master to you.'"

This was in accordance with the ancient British custom of "telling the bees," which we described in a post back in 2012.

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     Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 11, 2022
     Category: Animals | Customs | Death | Royalty | Superstition

As a mere amateur , such books as "The Tao of Physics" and Alan Watts' writings, backed up by 80 years of living, I put less and less FOR SURE, et cetera consensus as FOR SURE's

Life and death and all in-between is wonderfully mysterious and ineffable

Why not tell the bees? The cats? The dogs? and so on in someone's life?

Posted by Kenn on 09/11/22 at 05:28 AM
All superstition has a basis in fact. I can imagine an old farmer dying and no one paying any attention to the farm's hives for a few weeks, during which time the bees decamped. Someone who talks to their bees, in the way many people talk to their flowers, attributed it to the bees not being told what was going on. Viola! A mythic ritual is born.

I'm told there are amulets you can buy to make you immune to superstition, but they're not popular.
Posted by Phideaux on 09/11/22 at 04:22 PM
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