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Saturday, 30 March, 2002, 23:00 GMT
Tributes at a glance
Queen Mother
Tributes poured in from around the world
After the death of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother BBC News Online highlights the key tributes from public figures and world leaders.


"During her long and extraordinary life, her grace, her sense of duty and her remarkable zest for life made her loved and admired by people of all ages and backgrounds, revered within our borders and beyond."

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair


"We are all the poorer because this gracious lady has been taken from us. Her unfailing dignity, devotion to duty and charm have been a precious part of our national life for as long as most of us can remember."

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr George Carey


"She will be greatly missed by everybody, she was a wonderful, wonderful person. It was a very moving and very sad moment but luckily it was peaceful."

The Queen Mother's niece, Lady Margaret Rhodes, who was at the Queen Mother's bedside when she died.


"We will all miss her enormously because she was the best of us."

Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith


"After the sadness has subsided, the question will be whether the monarchy can continue without the Queen Mother. She has kept it in one piece almost single-handedly for a long time in spite of all its problems."

Harold Brooks-Baker, publishing director of Burke's Peerage


"The Queen Mother held a special place in the hearts of many Londoners who remember her decision to stay in London during the Blitz."

Ken Livingstone, London mayor


"Our country is the richer for her life and the poorer at her death."

Former UK prime minister John Major


"This is a moment for the entire nation to pause, reflect and be thankful for the Queen Mother's wonderful contribution and enduring legacy."

Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy


"She and the Royal Family of Great Britain were strong supporters of the new South Africa."

South African President Thabo Mbeki


"She was a lovely lady, so lovely to people. I shall miss that smile of hers."

Dame Vera Lynn


"Racing is the poorer without the presence of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother."

Tristram Ricketts, secretary general of the British Horseracing Board


"At our darkest hour of all time in 1940 she helped to turn it into our finest."

Lord St John of Fawsley


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