Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park
On a warm early spring morning at midday, April 2nd 2002, a group of local residents stood at the entrance to Royal Lodge, The Queen Mother's Windsor home, as the hearse carrying her coffin was moved by road to The Queen's Chapel, St James' Palace, London.
In the distance through the trees a single bell could be heard tolling as her coffin was moved from the Royal Chapel of All Saint's in the grounds of Royal Lodge and placed in the hearse. A lone Scottish piper, Pipe-Major Jim Motherwell, walked ahead of the procession, playing a lament, as the coffin was carried from the church.
Accompanied by police outriders, the procession then moved off through the gates, left onto the road leading to The Copper Horse and the Long Walk to pass the Castle for the last time. Staying at the castle on this day were HM The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, and other members of the Royal Family.
for the journey to London and The Queen's Chapel, St James' Palace.
The cortege travelled on through Datchet, up to Colnbrook to join the A4, Great West Road, then travelled into London, passing Heathrow airport, Osterley and Gillette Corner. As the hearse approached each junction, police outriders momentarily stopped crossing traffic to let the procession though. As they neared central London increasing numbers of people came from their homes and offices to see the hearse and coffin, draped in the Queen Mother's Standard, pass by. The cortege drove along the south side of Hyde Park and through the Queen Mother Gates, and on to Constitution Hill, past Buckingham Palace, into The Mall and then left to St James' Palace. At this point a large crowd had gathered and some applauded quietly as the coffin past by.
The day before, on Easter Monday, Prince Charles had described on television his reactions following the death of his grandmother. Speaking from his home, Highgrove, in Gloucestershire, where he had returned with his sons, the Princes William and Harry. The Prince's tribute was generally agreed to be most moving and accomplished, providing a valuable insight into his fondness and affection for The Queen Mother. "Oh, how I shall miss that laugh," he said, his voice choking with emotion. The full text of his tribute follows.
Two days earlier Prince Charles and his two sons had cut short their skiing holiday in Klosters as soon as they heard the news, flying home at first light the next morning to be with the Queen at Windsor Castle. In a break with protocol all three travelled in the same aircraft, an HS146 of the Queen's Flight, to Northolt Airport, north of Heathrow. That evening the royal family attended Evensong at The Royal Chapel of All Saint's where The Queen Mother's coffin was now resting.
Full funeral details are available here.
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