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Saturday, 13 April, 2002, 23:38 GMT 00:38 UK
Thousands queue for Queen Mother
The queue outside Windsor Castle
The line of mourners stretched as far as the river
More than 4,000 people queued for up to four hours to see the Queen Mother's tomb on Saturday.

The line of mourners waiting to pay their respects at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, stretched so far it was kept open for three hours past the official closing time of 1600 BST.

The crowds have been building since an estimated one million people turned out for the Queen Mother's funeral on Tuesday.

It is very moving that people continue to come in such numbers

Buckingham Palace

The 101-year-old's coffin was placed in the King George VI Memorial Chapel next to that of her late husband.

A casket containing the ashes of their daughter, Princess Margaret, who died two months ago, were placed in the Queen Mother's tomb.

Verger Clive McCleester, who is responsible for the chapel, said thousands of people were turning up each day.

He said: "We've had people from all over Britain and the world.


"We had retired guardsmen, who came and saluted, we've had monks from Thailand and an Iraqi family too."

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "It is very moving that people continue to come in such numbers."

The chapel will re-open between 1300BST and 1600BST on Sunday and 1000BST and 1600BST from Monday until court mourning ends on Friday.

After that, visitors will be asked to pay to enter the castle.

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