UK News When was the Queen Mother’s funeral? Remembering the last major royal funeral before Prince Philip’s farewell
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While the initial plans forincluded , the by the have drastically changed things.
Instead there will beattendees is laid to rest on – with .
It means the public observance of the funeral will be limited to, with the nation following proceedings .
This is a far cry from the large crowds present to pay their respects at, that of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother – here’s how her final farewell unfolded.
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When was the Queen Mother’s funeral?
The Queen Mother died on 30 March 2002 at the age of 101, and her funeral took place on 9 April – it was the last royal funeral to be extensively televised in the UK.
An estimated 200,000 people filed past her coffin over the three days she lay in state at the Palace of Westminster, while the funeral itself had 2,200 guests.
Queues stretched at their longest across Lambeth Bridge and all the way along the South Bank to Southwark Cathedral, with people being warned to expect a wait of up to 12 hours at peak times.
Such were the numbers of people waiting that Scout volunteers were called in to help and the London Ambulance Service issued warnings to people to wrap up warm and bring a hot drink.
At one stage, the Queen Mother’s four grandsons, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex and Viscount Linley, stood guard in honour of the royal matriarch – a tradition which has been called the Vigil of the Princes.
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On top of the coffin – which made the short journey from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey on an open carriage – was the Queen Mother’s priceless coronation crown, set with the Koh-i-Noor diamond, and a hand-written message from her daughter the Queen, “In loving memory, Lilibet”.
The monarch addressed the nation on the eve of her mother’s funeral to thank the country for their support and the love and honour shown to the 101-year-old.
The Queen said she had been deeply moved by the outpouring of affection and the overwhelming numbers of people paying their respects since the Queen Mother’s death.
In a televised address she said: “I thank you for the support you are giving me and my family as we come to terms with her death and the void she has left in our midst.”
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Dressed in black and remaining composed but with sadness, the Queen continued: “I thank you also from my heart for the love you gave her during her life and the honour you now give her in death.”
She added: “Over the years I have met many people who have had to cope with family loss, sometimes in the most tragic of circumstances.
“So I count myself fortunate that my mother was blessed with a long and happy life. She had an infectious zest for living, and this remained with her until the very end. I know too that her faith was always a great strength to her.”
In total, the Queen Mother’s funeral arrangements cost more than £5.4 million, with policing costs amounting to £4.3 million and the Queen Mother’s lying-in-state coming to £825,000, according to a House of Commons research briefing paper.
Some 11,887 police staff and 1,306 civil staff were deployed from the day of death to the Queen’s Mother’s funeral, a Metropolitan Police report on the cost of policing public order events during 2002 revealed.
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The Queen and 29 other guests – including Princes Charles, William and Harry – gathered to pay their respects at a Covid-safe ceremony in St George's Chapel.Heartbreakingly, in a move to ensure Covid restrictions were adhered to, the Queen was sat alone for the duration of the service.
Of the £4.3 million policing costs, £2.2 million would have been incurred anyway if staff were assigned to other duties, but £2.1 million were additional costs directly attributed to the funeral arrangements.
An average of 5.1 million people watched BBC One’s coverage of her final farewell, while 2.7 million watched ITV. The funeral took place on a Tuesday morning, whereas the Duke’s funeral is on a Saturday, and so is expected to attract a bigger audience.
The scaled-back plans for Philip’s funeral, with all public elements of the day removed, mean the cost of his farewell is likely to be substantially less.
When is Prince Philip’s funeral?
at , with the service starting at 3.00pm.
Members of the public have been urged to stay away from the area on the day and.
However, the funeral will be, as well as online through , with on Friday and Saturday.
Huw Edwards will anchor the majority of the coverage, including the live broadcast on the day itself:
- HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Remembered – Friday, 7.00pm-8.05pm, BBC One: Huw Edwards presents a special programme live from Windsor Castle, during which he’ll speak to people set to play a key role in the funeral service and ceremonial procession.
- The Funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – Saturday, 12.30pm-4.20pm, BBC One: Edwards will present live coverage of events from Windsor, joined by BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth and TV presenter and former Royal Marine JJ Chalmers throughout the afternoon.
- The Funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – Saturday, 8.10pm-9.10pm, BBC Two: Edwards reflects on the day’s events at Windsor Castle.
the funeral from 1.15pm until 4.30pm, while Sky News will be broadcasting rolling coverage through the day on both its TV station and .
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Here are the key timings in the build-up to the service:
2.40pm: The coffin emerges from State Entrance of Windsor Castle
The Duke’s coffin, accompanied by the Dean of Windsor and the Lord Chamberlain, will be moved to the State Entrance of Windsor Castle by a Bearer Party of The Queen’s Company, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.
The coffin will emerge and the Bearer Party will place it onto a, to transport it to St George’s Chapel.
2.45pm: The procession leaves for St George’s Chapel
The procession from the state entrance to the West Steps of the chapel will take eight minutes.
and members of the Royal Family will take part in the procession on foot, immediately behind the Duke’s coffin, together with staff from Philip’s household.
The route of the procession will be lined by representatives drawn from thethe Royal Marines, the Highlanders, 4th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Air Force.
Minute guns will be fired by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from the east lawn of Windsor Castle for the duration of the procession, and the Curfew Tower Bell will toll.
2.53pm: The Land Rover reaches the West Steps of the chapel
A Guard of Honour and band from The Rifles will receive the coffin at the foot of the West Steps, with the national anthem being played as the coffin enters Horseshoe Cloister.
A bearing party ofwill carry the coffin up the steps and .
3pm: National minute of silence
Following, the Dean of Windsor, together with the , will receive the coffin at the top of the West Steps.
In keeping with coronavirus guidelines to limit guests inside the chapel, most of the procession will not enter the chapel, except for members of the Royal Family, and the Duke’s private secretary Archie Miller Bakewell.
The funeral service will begin as the coffin enters
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