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banner Friday, 5 April, 2002, 05:23 GMT 06:23 UK
Queen Mother's Procession:
Jennifer Hawkins, from Worthing Sussex and Christopher (left) and Thomas Pont from Attlebrough Norfolk
Some gathered early outside Westminster Hall
Mourners are beginning to line the streets of London in their thousands to see the procession taking Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's coffin to its lying-in-state.

The Queen Mother's grandchildren and Princes William and Harry will walk behind her coffin.

Sixteen hundred servicemen and women will also take part in the half mile procession from St James Palace.

The Queen Mother's body will lie in state for four days until her funeral on Tuesday.

It'll be a journey full of pomp and ceremony.

Fourteen senior members of the royal family will walk behind the coffin as it makes it's way here to Westminster.

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The ceremonial spectacle taking it there will involve the largest procession of its kind on Britain's streets since Sir Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965.

As it sets off Beethoven's funeral march will be played by the accompanying military bands. The coffin will be draped in the Queen Mother's standard and surmounted by her crown.


Breakfast was live from the Palace of Westminster, St James's Palace, and Buckingham Palace


Special guests on Breakfast:

  • the Rev. Alan Gyle, a former cannon of the Chapel. He said:

    the secret of all these events is the planning which goes on...it is unique...she was a great influence on her family...it is a terrible time of grief for them...the service will follow traditional lines and will include her favourite hymns...

  • the writer Sir Patrick Cormack, who has written on the history of Westminster Hall, said:

    Westminster Hall is the most majestic building we have, it is looking marvellous...it has been the scene of many great events, the most recent lying in state was Churchill in 1965...the Queen Mother's ceremonial procession is in essence the same as a state funeral, it will have the same pomp and ceremony...there won't be a dry eye...

  • the Dean of Westminster said:

    Westminster Hall is a quiet and dignified place for the Queen Mother...there'll be a very short and simple service when the coffin arrives...the Abbey service will be dignified, details will be released tomorrow...

    To watch the above interviews click on the video icon on the top right hand corner of this page



    Members of the Household Cavalry
    The funeral procession
  • 1,600 servicemen and women
  • Gun carriage for coffin
  • Artillery guns fired across London

      Find out more about the funeral

  • The Queen Mother's procession route:

  • At 11:30 the procession will leave the Chapel at St James's Palace and head down Marlborough Road.

  • It will then turn left and proceed down The Mall, past the statue of the Queen Mother's husband King George the Sixth.

  • The cortege will turn right off the Mall, heading down Horse Guards Road into Horse Guards Parade.

  • It will then turn right again and proceed down Whitehall past the Ministry of Defence towards the Cenotaph

  • It will then move into the east side of Parliament Square, into New Palace Yard just by the Houses of Parliament.

  • where it will arrive at Westminster Hall two minutes before Midday.


    Click here for full audio and video coverage

    Members of the public will be able to pay their respects at Westminster Hall on Friday from 1400-1800BST and from Saturday to Monday from 0800BST to 1800BST.


    Road closures

    A total of 2,500 Metropolitan police officers have been drafted in.

    Roads in central London will be closed to traffic during the procession of the horse drawn carriage from St James's Palace via Marlborough Road, the Mall, Horse Guards Road, Horse Guards Parade, Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Square and New Palace.


    Some of the best vantage points to watch the procession will be:

  • The horse track along the Mall
  • From the steps of the statues of King George V1 and the Duke of York - both on The Mall
  • The space in front of Admiralty Arch, on Horse Guards Parade
  • Junction of Horse Guards Avenue and Whitehall
  • Junction of Whitehall and Bridge Street, near the Thames


    BBC One will carry live coverage of the procession, presented by David Dimbleby, beginning at 10am

    There will also be a review of the events of the day at 7pm on BBC One

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    "Queen Mother's ceremonial procession will have the same pomp as a state funeral."
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    "the Abbey service will be dignified..."
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