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  Nation says farewell to Queen Mother
Updated 09 April 2002, 12.24
Prince Charles and Prince William in the funeral procession
The nation has said goodbye to the nation's favourite grandmother, the Queen Mother.

Her coffin was carried into Westminster Abbey in London to the sound of 128 pipers.

Click here to see more pictures from the funeral

Crowds outside Westminster Abbey
The Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, told mourners the Queen Mother would be remembered for her "strength, dignity and laughter".

"Like the sun, she bathed us in her warm glow," he said. "She remained young at heart, and the young themselves sensed that."

Loudspeakers

He said she had a special gift for connecting with people and making them feel special.

Families lined the streets outside the abbey, and many had camped out overnight to make sure they paid their last respects to her.

Prince Charles and Prince William
Many people came from other countries like America and South Africa to catch a glimpse of the service.

It's thought around 400,000 people watched the start of the procession.

The service was broadcast on loudspeakers, so the many thousands of mourners outside the abbey could hear the hymns and readings in memory of the popular royal.

Silence

Nine members of the Royal Family walked behind the coffin, including the Queen, princes Charles, Andrew and Edward, and princes William and Harry.

Fact File
Funeral timetable
0600 Westminster Hall closed
1030 Main congregation seated
1118 Royal procession along abbey's centre aisle
1130 Service began
1225 Service ended
1235 Cars left for Windsor in slow procession
1300 Coffin arrived at St George's Chapel, Windsor

Westminster Abbey was significant to the Queen Mother's life as she married her husband, Prince Albert, there in 1923.

  Click here for more on the Queen Mother's life

There were 2,000 people inside the abbey, including lots of important guests, like Prime Minister Tony Blair, the king and queen of Spain, and American President George Bush's wife, Laura.

Schools around the country joined in a two-minute silence at the start of the funeral, to show their respect.

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