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Wednesday, 10 April, 2002, 16:54 GMT 17:54 UK
Mourners visit Queen Mother's vault
The vault inside St George's Chapel, Windsor
The Queen Mother lies next to her husband George VI
Well-wishers have been queuing all day to see the Queen Mother's final resting place at Windsor Castle.

Members of the public filed past the small St George's Chapel where the Queen Mother's coffin was entombed after her funeral on Tuesday.

It was placed in a vault alongside her beloved husband King George VI during a private committal service.

Above the vault lies a black marble gravestone, reading "King George VI 1895-1952", and underneath "Elizabeth 1900-2002".

St George's Chapel in Windsor
Near the tomb are flowers from Royal Family members

Four wreaths have been laid around the chapel's altar by senior members of the Royal Family, all carrying personal messages.

From Princes William and Harry there is a wreath of white roses, while another containing flowers picked from Prince Charles' garden at his Highgrove Estate lies on the altar floor.

Princess Margaret's children, Lady Sarah Chatto and Viscount Linley, also left wreaths of pink and red carnations.

Nearby is a simple altar, behind which a bouquet of the Queen Mother's favourite flowers, including pink orchids and white camellias, has been arranged by a gardener.

'Very fine lady'

The ashes of the Queen Mother's daughter Princess Margaret, who died in February aged 71, were placed next to her coffin.

Visitors stand at the tomb railings
Some visitors queued for several hours
A bronze plaque will be fixed at a later date to the chapel wall to commemorate the princess, according to chapel officials.

Caroline Penayiotou, 37, of Windlesham, Surrey, brought her three-year-old son Andreas to pay their respects at the chapel.

She said: "It's about being part of history and paying my respects to a very fine lady.

"I would have loved to have gone to London to see the lying-in-state but with a little one it's not so easy having to queue for hours and hours."

Prince Charles

Members of the public have been invited to visit the chapel for another nine days. The usual charge of 11.50 to enter the castle has been waived.

The chapel is open from 1000 to1600 BST each day except Sunday 14 April, when the hours of opening are 1300 until 1600 BST.


Crowds with pictures of the Queen Mother
Queen Mother's final resting place
  • The Queen Mother has been laid to rest alongside her husband George VI
  • Princess Margaret's ashes have been placed next to her
  • St George's Chapel will be open to the public until 19 April


  • The Queen's wreath to her mother of white roses and sweet peas has been placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Westminster Abbey by the Dean of Westminster.

    This echoed a spontaneous gesture by the Queen Mother on her wedding day at Westminster Abbey in 1923, when she laid her bouquet on the tomb to honour her brother Fergus, who was killed during World War One.

    Prince Charles has flown to Scotland to spend time at Birkhall, the Queen Mother's private home on the fringe of Balmoral on Royal Deeside. His partner Camilla Parker Bowles is joining him for part of his stay.

    The prince, who honoured a personal pledge to his grandmother by accompanying the hearse from the Westminster Abbey funeral to Windsor, will spend at least a week at Birkhall resting and reflecting.

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