Not an April Fool’s, but truly the night before the Queen Mum died the moon was huge and a deep, vivid red (like that poem, “Sometime when the moon was blood/Then surely I was born” about the Jesus-donkey) and the night of the day she died it was also a deep burnt red-orange.
A strange and prophetic omen as the land bleeds for the loss to its divine bloodline?
Surely so, in the movement of the heavenly orbs it is writ.
But more prophetic still, the day Princess Margaret died, someone told me the following joke:
Q: What will Princess Margaret get for Easter?
A: The Queen Mum.
Perhaps the “bloody moon” omen is a royal tradition?
In Alexandre Dumas’ book “Twenty Years After”, the continuation of the “Three Musketeers”, he describes the Battle of Naseby (1645) where Charles I was captured by Oliver Cromwell. In the book, one of the characters claims to see a moon the colour of blood and dies in the battle. Alexandre Dumas, in that section, claims that Henri IV (of France) saw bloody spots on a chessboard, in a game against M. de Bassompierre, the day before he was murdered. Though the footnotes in my edition say that there is no historical record of this.