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Sunday, 14 April, 2002, 16:29 GMT 17:29 UK
Visitors flock to Royal chapel
The Queen Mother and George V1's tomb
The Queen Mother was interred next to her husband
Thousands more people have flocked to see the Queen Mother's tomb.

On Saturday, a line of 4,000 mourners waited to pay their respects at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

On Sunday at least 5,000 more went along, bringing the weekend's total to 9,000.

Saturday's queue 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 101-year-old's funeral last Tuesday.

Mourners queue to see the Queen Mother's tomb
The line of mourners stretched as far as the river

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the chapel would once again be kept open past the official closing time of 1600 BST in order to accommodate people who had been queuing for hours.

Free admission to the chapel continues next week from 1000 BST to 1600 BST, until court mourning ends on Friday.

After that time people will still be able to visit the chapel by paying to enter Windsor Castle in the normal way.

The spokesman said any question of extending the free opening to accommodate the unexpected public demand would be discussed by Royal officials next week.


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