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Queen Mother memorial fund plan
The Queen Mother
The Queen Mother enjoyed spending time in Scotland
A campaign to raise 1m for national memorials to the Queen Mother in Scotland has been launched by the first minister.

Jack McConnell joined the Queen Mother's cousin David Bowes-Lyon in Edinburgh to reveal details of the scheme.

The cash will pay for a memorial garden and statue at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh as well as new wrought iron memorial gates for Glamis Castle and smaller tributes around the country.

A committee has been set up to oversee the appeal, which aims to raise the funds over the next year.

The Queen Mother died on 31 March, 2002 at the age of 101.

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's enthusiasm for her native land was constant throughout her life and I know that many Scots held her in deepest affection
Prince Charles
Mr McConnell said he was sure Scots all over the country would contribute to the fund.

He said: "Scots everywhere retain a special place in their hearts for the Queen Mother.

"She served with unswerving dedication to duty and she was passionate about Scotland.

"It is fitting that we mark her memory with an official Scottish tribute."

'Fond memories'

Prince Charles has agreed to be patron of the appeal and Mr Bowes-Lyon read a message from him expressing his delight at the plans.

The prince said: "I am very touched that a fund is being established to provide what I hope and believe will be some lasting and appropriate memorials to my beloved grandmother in Scotland.

"Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's enthusiasm for her native land was constant throughout her life and I know that many Scots held her in deepest affection and experienced at first hand some of the irresistible charm and magic which she always radiated."

Mr Bowes-Lyon said the botanic garden was "an excellent, self-contained and peaceful location" for the national memorial.

Flag flying at half mast
Tributes were paid when the Queen Mother died
He added: "For those Scots both here and abroad who were touched in some way by the Queen Mother's personality, this fund will provide a means to support a memorial which will register their fondness for a wonderful Scottish lady."

Renowned architect Lachlan Stewart will design the memorial and the fund will run until 31 December, 2004.

Any extra funds raised will be distributed among the Queen Mother's Scottish charities.

Donations will be accepted over the internet, by phone, by post or at branches of Lloyds TSB and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Meanwhile, the plans for a memorial were criticised by the Scottish Socialist Party.

A spokesman said: "The best thing the Royal family could do is funnel the wealth they have to the people to alleviate the plight of the working classes.

"It is about time they give up the millions they grasp greedily and give it to the thousands of people who are living in poverty."

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