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Queen Mother's Funeral Date Set

The Queen Mother's funeral will take place in Westminster Abbey on Tuesday, April 9, Buckingham Palace announced on Sunday.


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The Queen Mother's funeral will take place in Westminster Abbey on Tuesday, April 9, Buckingham Palace announced on Sunday.

For four days before the funeral, her body will be laid in state at Westminster Hall for the public to pay their respects, the BBC said.

The Queen Mother died peacefully in her sleep on Saturday afternoon at the age of 101, at Windsor's Royal Lodge.

Her coffin was carried to the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park on Sunday, where the Royal Family will gather for an evensong service.

The Prince of Wales flew back to Britain with Princes William and Harry after cutting short a skiing holiday in Switzerland.

The coffin will rest at Windsor until Tuesday, when it will be taken to the Queen's Chapel at St James's Palace in central London.

Then on Friday morning, the coffin will be carried in a ceremonial procession to Westminster Hall, where it will lie in state from Friday afternoon until the evening of Monday, April 8.

The ceremonial -- not state -- funeral will be held at 1130 GMTon Tuesday.

Afterwards, the coffin will be transported by road to Windsor for a private committal service and interment at St George's Chapel.

The Queen Mother will then be laid to rest alongside her husband in the George VI Memorial Chapel at St George's.

She will also be buried with the ashes of Princess Margaret, which will be taken from the Royal Vault at St George's and interred in the memorial chapel at the same time.

The Queen Mother requested there be no official memorial service.

Special prayers were said at churches across Britain on Sunday,while the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family held a private service in Windsor Castle.


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