A Facebook page devoted to opera noted that Giuseppe Verdi died 145 years to the day after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born. I noted, in response to a photo somebody posted of Verdi's funeral, that it looked like something a king or emperor would have received. Then somebody replied that "in Italy, he is more than an emperor."
Later on, when in 1924 Giacomo Puccini died (in exile: he had gone to Brussels to seek treatment for his throat cancer), King Albert I of the Belgians ordered a state funeral for him as well.
I don't know if Ludwig van Beethoven got the works after his death in 1827, but I was wondering of other examples of artists who got the royal treatment after their deaths. Can anybody name other cases of persons who acquired enough stature in their professions, so as to be regarded worthy of state funerals?
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