16 November 2008

You are invited to dress in black

Official mourning period was 14-16 November, when the public was "invited" to dress in mourning colours and somberly. Colours are black and white, with request to lean more on the black (why they just don't say wear only black, I don't know). I am finding, though, a handful of the female population have determined that "somberly" doesn't necessarily mean "modestly." I've found myself staring at one woman for a bit until I told myself "well, it's all in black."

As any royal request goes, an invitation is pretty much obeyed. The reverence of the royal family is something most of the rest of the world would not understand. To give you a shapshot of the sea of black, I've taken a video of a crowd coming off a train platform.

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