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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
The Queen Mother

4th August 1900 - 30th March 2002

The Return to Windsor
9th April 2002

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Arriving in Windsor following the funeral in London

Arriving in Windsor

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 and Windsor.

Coffin returns to Windsor

The hearse bearing The Queen Mother's coffin
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 her parents.
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.

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