Saturday, 30 March, 2002, 19:51 GMT
Queen Mother dies
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother 1900 - 2002: 

Funeral page, April 9th., 2002, Westminster Abbey.

The Queen Mother has died at the age of 101, Buckingham Palace has announced. "Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother had become increasingly frail in recent weeks following her bad cough and chest infection over Christmas," said a Palace spokesman. 

The Queen was at her mother's bedside

Buckingham Palace spokesman

"Her condition deteriorated this morning and her doctors were called. "Queen Elizabeth died peacefully in her sleep at 3.15 this afternoon at Royal Lodge (Windsor)," said the spokesman. "The Queen was at her mother's bedside," he said.

The Queen Mother's coffin is expected to be moved to the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park on Sunday morning. The Queen and other members of the Royal Family will not attend Easter service as planned at St George's Chapel, Windsor, on Sunday and will instead attend a private service.

The Queen Mother's death comes less than two months after that of her younger daughter, Princess Margaret, who died on 9 February at the age of 71.

A young girl stands by floral tributes to the late Queen Mother at the Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh on Sunday. Photo: Ben Curtis/AFP

Charles pays tribute

A spokeswoman for Prince Charles, who is on a skiing holiday in Switzerland, said: "He was completely devastated by the news. "He just wants to get back from holiday in Klosters. "The plan is he will leave Switzerland tomorrow morning with Princes William and Harry. He wants to go straight to Windsor."

The Duke of York, who was also abroad, was told the news in Barbados where he was on holiday with his ex-wife, the Duchess of York, and their children Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

Other members of the Royal Family were already arriving at Windsor for their traditional Easter gathering.

Tributes were led by Prime Minister Tony Blair who, in a statement from his official country residence at Chequers, said the Queen Mother had been a symbol of Britain's "decency and courage".

She married the future King - in 1923

He said the whole nation join with the Queen and Royal Family in mourning, and added: "During her long and extraordinary life, her grace, her sense of duty and her remarkable zest for life made her loved and admired by people of all ages and backgrounds, revered within our borders and beyond."

'Remarkable lady'

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, said: "We are all the poorer because this gracious lady has been taken from us. "Her unfailing dignity, devotion to duty and charm have been a precious part of our national life for as long as most of us can remember." Dr Carey also recalled her "deep and sustaining faith" and said "Christian love shone through her character".

Among other political tributes, Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith described the Queen Mother as a "truly remarkable lady" and said her family's grief would be "shared by millions". Liberal Democrat Charles Kennedy said: "This is a moment for the entire nation to pause, reflect and be thankful for the Queen Mother's wonderful contribution and enduring legacy." Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher said the Queen Mother had been "a wonderful Queen and an extraordinary person" and her death was "an irreplaceable loss to the whole nation".

Crowds gather

Lord St John of Fawsley, a close friend of the Queen Mother for many years, said: "With the passing of the Queen Mother we have lost our most treasured national person. "She was not merely an historical figure. She was history."

Meanwhile, outside Buckingham Palace hundreds of people gathered as dusk fell on Saturday, reading the death announcement posted on the gates. The union flag is flying at half mast over the palace, although no members of the Royal Family are there. 

POSTED AT 9:51 AM EST    Sunday, April 7

Britons mourn royal matriarch and mimic

Reuters News Agency

London An ever-stretching line of mourners snaked through central London on Sunday as thousands of Britons waited up to 12 hours to file past the Queen Mother's coffin, lying in state two days before her funeral. Many queued through the night to pay respects to the 101-year-old royal matriarch, famed for rallying Londoners during Germany's bombing raids 60 years ago and remembered on Sunday by her teenage great-grandsons as an irreverent mimic.

Officials said 100,000 people had passed through London's medieval Westminster Hall, where statues of Saxon kings gaze down on the coffin of the former queen who died a week ago, 50 years after her husband King George VI. The Queen Mother's lying in state followed a funeral procession on Friday which drew the biggest crowd of monarchists and onlookers since the death of Princess Diana in 1997, giving an unexpected boost to Britain's royal family.

"The monarchy is less embattled than royalists have feared and republicans have hoped," the Sunday Telegraph declared.

Queen Elizabeth, who has suffered the double blow of losing her mother and her only sibling, 71-year-old Princess Margaret, in the same year, expressed her gratitude on Saturday. "The queen has been very touched that so many people are paying their respects," a Buckingham Palace spokesman said.

Police said on Sunday that Westminster Hall would remain open until 6 a.m. local time on Tuesday, just five hours before the funeral service in nearby Westminster Abbey, to allow as many people as possible to file by. But they warned people early on Sunday morning they faced a seven-kilometre queue and a possible 12-hour wait to pay their respects. Volunteers had already handed out 22,000 gallons of tea to sustain them.

Before Tuesday's funeral at Westminster Abbey to be attended by royalty and heads of state from at least a dozen countries a bell will toll there 101 times, once for each year of the Queen Mother's life. Guests at the service will include Laura Bush, wife of the U.S. president, and the prime ministers of former colonies Australia, New Zealand and Canada, Buckingham Palace said.

Lifting the sombre mood of mourning, her great-grandsons revealed what they said was her mischievous sense of humour and inspirational character. "Anything that was meant to be formal and went wrong she enjoyed," said 19-year-old Prince William, second in line to the British throne. "She would have a good giggle." His younger brother Harry, 17, recalled how, after a recent Christmas lunch, she tried to imitate Ali G, a popular spoof gangster rapper played by a television comedian whose catchphrase is "Respec,'" with a snap of the fingers. "It was at the end of the meal, and she stood up and said, 'Darling, lunch was marvellous respec,'" Harry was quoted as saying in British newspapers.

The mass display of affection for the Queen Mother has bolstered a royal family dogged by scandals and deaths in recent years, which many said would undermine it for good. Two opinion polls published on Sunday made mixed reading for Queen Elizabeth II and her offspring. Only just over half of people canvassed by the Sunday People and the Sunday Mirror in two separate surveys believed the 75-year-old queen should continue to rule.

The news was better for her son and heir Prince Charles, with a small majority in both polls supporting his marriage to longtime companion, Camilla Parker Bowles. Charles was unpopular six years ago when his marriage to the much-loved Diana ended with admissions of adultery on both sides. Opinions have mellowed since, and Ms. Parker Bowles is invited to Tuesday's funeral.

Below is the personal standard of the Queen Mother, last brought down on 7th April, I believe. Draped on her coffin before and after her funeral on April 9th., 2002







Photographs and another Queen Mother site  by courtesy Sherlock Holmes(.com)! 

Pallbearers carry the Queen Mother's coffin from her official residence in Windsor Park to the nearby Royal Chapel of All Saints on Sunday. Her funeral will take place in London on Tuesday, April 9. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP


The Queen Mother poses with her grandchildren, from left, Prince Charles, Prince Edward, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew, at Windsor Castle, England, in this 1985 file photo. Photo: Norman Parkinson/AP file

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen mother, photographed with grandson Prince Charles and great-grandsons Prince William (left) and Prince Harry (right) on her 101st birthday at Clarence house in London in June, 2001. Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP file

The Queen Mother arrives in this July, 2000, photo, with her grandson, the Prince of Wales, for a pageant on London's Horse Guards Parade to mark her 100th birthday. Photo: Fiona Hanson/AP file


Britain's Queen Elizabeth, celebrating her 98th birthday, and her great-grandson Prince William, outside her residence, Clarence House in London, in this August 4, 1998, photo. Photo: Louisa Buller/AP file


The Queen Mother poses with Sergeants of the Irish Guards, while celebrating St. Patrick's Day in London, in March, 1994. Photo: Alastair Grant/AP file)


Britain's Queen Mother Elizabeth's is shown through the years in these file photos wearing several of her characteristic hats. From the left, in London June 1941, in Oxford Oct. 27, 1946, wearing an ostrich plumed hat in London May 2, 1953, and in London Dec. 1971. Photo: AP file


Lady Elizabeth, left, in 1935, followed by her daughters, the nine-year-old Princess Elizabeth (right) and five year old Princess Margaret, arriving at London's Olympia for the Royal Tournament. Photo: AFP file

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, photographed wearing a period fancy dress costume at the age of nine, with her younger brother David, at Glamis Castle, her home in Scotland, in this 1909 photo. Photo: AP file


The Queen Mother, second from left, is seen in this Sept. 11, 1940, file photo standing alongside her husband, King George VI as they view the damage to their London home, Buckingham Palace caused by a bomb during WWII. Photo: AP


The Queen Mother stops to talk to a member of the Toronto Scottish Regiment on her arrival at Canadian Forces Base Downsview airport June 29, 1979. Photo: Bill Becker/CP file


Britain's Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, poses with her husband King George VI, and their two daughters, Princess Elizabeth, center left, and Princess Margaret, in this 1937 file photo. Photo: AP file

August, 1960 photo shows Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (centre), holding Prince Andrew on her lap, surrounded by Charles Prince of Wales (left) and Princess Anne, as she celebrates her 60th birthday in the garden of Clarence House in London. Photo: AFP files


This 1926 file photo shows Lady Elizabeth (centre), holding her firstborn Princess Elizabeth with the Duke of York, in London. Photo: AFP file

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother playing billiards at the London Press Club in 1961. Photo: AFP

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, John Diefenbaker, right, and Governor General Vanier, left, in Ottawa. Photo: CP file


The Queen Mother, left, and the Princess of Wales leave Buckingham Palace by carriage in this June 11, 1983, photo. Photo: AP

In a December 1945 photo, the Queen Elizabeth (3nd left, future Queen Mother), her daughter Princess Elizabeth (fourth left, future Queen Elizabeth II), Queen Mary (center), Princess Margaret (third right) and the King George VI (second right), posing at the balcony of the Buckingham Palace in London. Photo: AFP