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Thursday, 4 April, 2002, 15:49 GMT 16:49 UK
Queen says mother had 'wonderful life'
The Queen and Prince Philip with the Superintendent of Windsor Castle, Munro Davidson (centre)
The Queen was moved by the crowds and tributes
The Queen spoke to well-wishers at Windsor Castle in her first appearance with the public since her mother's death.

With the Duke of Edinburgh by her side, she mingled with crowds and saw the 2,000 bouquets on the lawn outside St George's Chapel.

The Queen was clearly touched by the scene and told some mourners: "My mother lived to 101 which is a great age - she had a wonderful life."
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She was dressed in black and Prince Philip wore a black tie for their appearance on Thursday afternoon.

They spent some time looking at the flowers and reading condolence messages left by people from all over the world.

The Queen said to her husband: "They're from everywhere, you know - America, Australia, New Zealand and Canada."

One of the messages read: "In a world of much darkness, you were a shining star who brightened up our lives".

Princes' role

Another said: "With fondest memories of a very dear and gracious lady."

At one point, the Queen said: "It's an amazing sight, isn't it? People are so kind."

About 200 people had gathered in the bright sunshine at Windsor when the Queen arrived in her Daimler.

After mixing with the crowds, the Queen and Prince Philip went inside St George's Chapel to study the book of condolence signed by 7,000 people so far.
Members of the Household Cavalry
The funeral procession
  • 1,600 servicemen and women
  • Gun carriage for coffin
  • Artillery guns fired across London

  • The Queen's standard was flying above the castle as the only flag not forced by tradition to be at half-mast.

    Earlier on Thursday, it was revealed that Princes William and Harry are to walk behind their great-grandmother's coffin in Friday's funeral procession.

    In a break with royal tradition, the Princess Royal will also join them, in a ceremony usually reserved for male family members only.

    Friday's event will be the largest procession of its kind on Britain's streets since Sir Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965.

    The procession from St James' s Palace to Westminster Hall will be via Marlborough Road, The Mall, Horse Guards Road, Horse Guards Parade, Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.
    Funeral procession facts
    1,600 servicemen and women
    Mounted police to lead
    Troops from four commonwealth countries and Britain
    Gun carriage drawn by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery
    28-gun royal salute fired as procession starts
    Guard of honour in Parliament Square

    Fourteen senior members of the Royal Family will walk behind the coffin on its 28-minute journey from the Queen's Chapel at St James's Palace in central London to Westminster Hall.

    More than 1,600 soldiers gathered at St James's Palace in the early hours of Thursday for a rehearsal of the procession, which takes place at 1130 BST (1030 GMT) on Friday.

    Elsewhere on Thursday, The Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies were recalled early from their Easter break on Thursday to pay their tributes to the Queen Mother.

    And at the first day of the Grand National meeting, there was a one-minute silence as a mark of respect.

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

    On Tuesday morning, the coffin will be taken from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey for the Queen Mother's funeral service.

    The BBC's Jennie Bond
    "The Queen looked sad at times"

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