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Tuesday, 30 July, 2002, 17:47 GMT 18:47 UK
In pictures: Queen Mother's castle
The late Queen Mother's favourite home, the Castle of Mey, in a remote part of northern Scotland, is to open to the public for the first time next month.

BBC News Online has a sneak preview of what her much-loved private home looks like inside.

Castle Mey, Caithness, opens to the public in August
It was the wishes of the Queen Mother, who died in March, that her home in Caithness be opened to the public

Lord Thurso, trustee of the Castle of Mey Trust, in the castle's entrance hall
The Queen Mother bought the then near derelict 16th Century castle in 1952 and oversaw its 12-year restoration programme

Dining room at the Castle of Mey
The public will be able to view many rooms including the dining room when the castle opens on 14 August

The bench where the Queen Mother liked to sit on summer evenings
Prince Charles will unveil a private memorial to his grandmother - an inscribed bench - before the castle opens to the public

Greenhouse, Castle of Mey
Lord Thurso said the Trustees who manage the castle did not want to see it run as a museum

A 5 admission fee will be introduced after 6 September
Admission will be free until 6 September as a thank-you to locals who allowed the Queen Mother her privacy

Ornaments on show in the library at Castle Mey
Pictures of the Queen Mother's favourite pets sit alongside her favourite ornaments

Ornaments in the drawing room
Personal possessions of the Queen Mother will be on display at her former home
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The BBC's Andrew Cassell
"Behind the great oak doors is not some great draughty castle but very much a home"

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