Organist for funeral was in Pa. when he heard of Diana's accident Musician and his wife were visiting her parents

Diana, Princess Of Wales: 1961-1997


PHILADELPHIA -- Like people the world over, Martin Baker spent last Saturday night riveted to the television set as it reported news of Princess Diana's Paris car crash, of her injuries, and her eventual death.

Unlike people the world over, Baker, vacationing with his wife, Ann Elise Smoot, at her parents' house in Radnor, Pa., had to do more than just mourn once the funeral arrangements were announced.

Baker is the sub-organist at Westminster Abbey, the second-in-command, after the abbey's conductor. And so, when Buckingham Palace said that the princess' funeral would be held at the abbey, Baker, 30, knew that he would be expected to play.

"I thought, 'Oh, no, what am I going to do?' The organist holds the service together. It's quite a responsibility," said Baker.

Coming Sunday

Diana, Princess of Wales: An 8-page commemorative section in The Sun tomorrow will tell in photographs and stories the very public life of the Princess of Wales.

To learn more

On SunSpot: Articles relating to Princess Diana's death are featured on The Sun's Internet site:

Diana's poem

Ted Hughes, the poet laureate, has published a poem for Princess Diana's funeral:

Mankind is many rivers

That only want to run.

Holy Tragedy and Loss

Make the many One.

Mankind is a Holy, crowned

Mother and her Son.

For worship, for mourning:

God is here, is gone.

Love is broken on the Cross.

The Flower on the Gun.

Pub Date: 9/06/97

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