LondonNet News Headlines
01/04/02
Britain and the World Pay Last Respects to Queen Mother
- Funeral attended by huge numbers of British subjects and foreign leaders

TENS OF THOUSANDS of people line the streets of central London today to pay in person their last respects to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who died just over two weeks ago.

As well as the massed ranks of the general public, a long list of foreign dignitaries will attend the Queen Mother's funeral, including US First Lady Laura Bush, UN General Secretary Kofi Anan, and a whole host of Commonwealth Prime Ministers and European Kings, Queens, Princes and Princesses.

The ceremony has been carefully planned for years and will feature 101 bell tolls from Westminster Abbey, to mark each year in the Queen Mother's life. At 11.30 this morning, a two minute silence is to be marked across the country and an hour later a hearse bearing the Queen Mother's coffin will leave Westminster for its final resting place at Windsor Castle.

The cortege will drive past nearly twenty miles of streets lined with people for whom the death of the Queen Mother has meant both a recognition of a past royal life lived with dignity and a future in which the place of the British royal family appears to be secure.




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