Arriving in Windsor following
the funeral in London
The Funeral Cortege enters Windsor
from the Home Park.
Following the Royal Ceremonial Funeral
of The Queen Mother in London on Tuesday 9th April, the coffin
of HM The Queen Mother was brought to Windsor by road followed
by The Prince of Wales and Earl Strathmore. The
route to Windsor followed the A4, turning towards Datchet at
Colnbrook, and entering Windsor through the Home Park. Once in
the town, and passing by increasingly large crowds, the cortege
turned left into Castle Hill by Queen Victoria's Statue entering
the Castle through The Henry VIII Gateway. The cortege arrived
in Windsor a little after 2.00pm.
The police reported that an estimated 1
million people had lined the route between Westminster Abbey
The hearse bearing The Queen Mother's
The crown is clearly visible placed upon the Queen's Standard
At 6.00pm in St George's
Chapel, a short, private Committal Service took place when The
Queen Mother's coffin was interred beside her husband in the
vault of the King George VI Memorial Chapel. Princess Margaret's
casket was also taken from the Royal Vault, and interred alongside
A large number of visitors and Windsor residents took this last
opportunity to pay their respects to Her Late Majesty lining
the streets from the Home Park, all the way to the Castle gates.
The crowds around the castle were extensive.
Upwards of 15 camera positions recorded
the scenes along the route from Datchet. These cameras had been
used the day before to provide views of Windsor while four of
the Queen Mother's grandchildren stood vigil in Westminster Hall.
It had been agreed that only the start and finish of the vigil
would be broadcast, and so the BBC chose to transfer to Windsor
after the first five minutes. As the vigil ended The Queen broadcast
a message of thanks to the many hundreds of thousands of people
who had paid their respects in so many different ways to her
mother. Her Majesty had recorded the broadcast earlier in the
afternoon at Windsor Castle, sitting by a window that looked
out over the Long Walk, for in that direction lay Royal Lodge,
the Queen Mother's Windsor home for 70 years.
Views from Windsor were also used a little while later as another
BBC programme ended, reflecting on the week's events since The
Queen Mother's death. Indeed throughout the week Windsor featured
prominently in news broadcasts, the Queen being in residence
all week following the death of her mother.
Additional photographs to follow. We would
welcome your contributions and reminiscences. Please email The Editor
Full funeral details are available here.
History of the Life of HM The Queen Mother
Cortege Leaves Royal Lodge for London
Condolence, Flowers and Glorious Weather at Windsor Castle
HM Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee
HRH Princess Margaret 1930-2002
Royal Windsor Website Home Page
Visits in Windsor
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