Royal grief, Royal pride
LET'S make her year better. That is the cry of support for Her Majesty the Queen today as she mourns the loss of her beloved mother and sister.Ipswich's civic leaders have called for this year's Golden Jubilee celebrations to outshine the sadness touching her special year.
By James Fraser
LET'S make her year better. That is the cry of support for Her Majesty the Queen today as she mourns the loss of her beloved mother and sister.
Ipswich's civic leaders have called for this year's Golden Jubilee celebrations to outshine the sadness touching her special year.
The deaths of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret within seven weeks of each other have marred what is supposed to be a year of celebration and pride.
Ipswich MP Chris Mole said that the death of the Queen Mother on Saturday was another reason we should make "a good job" of the Jubilee celebrations this year.
"I'm sure that those who want to make a good year of the jubilee year will see the death of the Queen Mother as another reason to make a good job of it rather than just letting it pass.
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"I'm sure that the Queen is going to have put the death of her mother behind her and will get on with her royal duties. I have every confidence that she will do that as she's a seasoned campaigner."
The Queen is due to visit Suffolk on July 17.
Maureen Carrington-Brown, mayor of Ipswich – which the Queen will visit along with Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds – said: "People who are going to celebrate the jubilee will certainly do so with more verve than they would otherwise".
The Queen Mother's funeral will take place on Tuesday, April 9 and officials said there would be national mourning up to that day.
The Queen Mother's coffin rested overnight in the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park near Royal Lodge, where she died on Saturday.
Members of the Royal Family attended an evensong service at the chapel where the coffin will rest until tomorrow when it will be taken to the Queen's Chapel at St James's Palace in central London where, just seven weeks ago, the coffin of Princess Margaret rested.
On Friday morning, the coffin will be carried in a ceremonial procession to Westminster Hall where it will lie in state from Friday afternoon until the evening of Monday April 8.
The following morning, it will be taken to Westminster Abbey for a funeral service starting at 11.30am - a royal ceremonial funeral, not a state funeral.
The coffin will then travel by road to Windsor for a private committal service and interment at St George's Chapel, within the precincts of Windsor Castle, later that day.
The Queen Mother will finally be laid to rest alongside her husband in the George VI Memorial Chapel at St George's, the spiritual home of British royalty.
The ashes of Princess Margaret will be taken from the Royal Vault in St George's and interred in the memorial chapel at the same time.
In accordance with the Queen Mother's wishes, there will be no official memorial service.
Family mourning will be observed by members of the Royal Family until April 19, after Princess Margaret's planned memorial service.