On the 30th of March 2002, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother (born Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon on the 4th of August 1900) passed away at the age of 101 which at the time made her the longest surviving member of the British Royal Family. She passed away peacefully at just after 3pm at the Royal Lodge of Windsor Great Park.
Queen Elizabeth, mother to Britain’s current queen, Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, the late Princess Margaret married Prince Albert, the Duke of York on the 26th of April 1923. The couple never expected the future they were to inherit as the Duke of York’s brother King Edward VIII abdicated on the 10th of December 1936 formally passing the crown to the Duke of York who became King George VI alongside his wife, Queen Elizabeth.
Following The Queen Mother’s death she was taken to Westminster Hall where she lay in state for three days. During this time it is estimated over 200,000 people filed past to pay their respects. The entire time that she was in state at Westminster Hall members of the armed forces such as the Household Cavalry stood at the four corners of the catafalque. At one point, a major honour was bestowed as The Queen Mother’s four grandsons took the place of the guards at the four corners. This has only taken place once before after the death of King George V.
The funeral service took place on the 9th of April at 11:30am at Westminster Abbey and it has been estimated that around 2 million people packed the areas surrounding the abbey to pay their respects. As per Her Majesty’s wishes there was no official memorial service.
The Queen Mother’s coffin was interred alongside her husband the late King George VI within the same vault is the coffin of her daughter Princess Margaret.