Funeral of Queen Mother, 2002

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Funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at Westminster Abbey on this day in 2002. Her body had lain in State in Westminster Hall for the previous few days, and included a ‘Vigil of the Princes’, with her four grandsons, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, and Viscount Linley, guarding the coffin. On the day of the funeral, the male members of the Royal Family, and Princess Anne, followed the ceremonial procession from the Hall to the Abbey. After the service, the coffin processed by car through the streets of London, and was later interned at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

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Royal Guests included Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark, the King and Queen of Sweden, the King and Queen of Spain (one of the Queen Mother’s goddaughters), the Queen of the Netherlands, the King and Queen of Norway, the King of the Belgians and Duke of Brabant, King Michael I and Queen Anne of Romania, the Sultan of Brunei, King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes, Grand Duke Jean and Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte of Luxembourg, the Prince of Liechtenstein, Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia, the Hereditary Prince of Monaco, Hereditary Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (son of the Queen Mother’s goddaughter), and the Duke of Aosta.

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