Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

NOW THE GRIEF IS SHOWING;THE QUEEN MOTHER 1900-2002; IS SHOWING A Picture of Sadness as the Queen Lets the Mask Slip out Riding

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

NOW THE GRIEF IS SHOWING;THE QUEEN MOTHER 1900-2002; IS SHOWING A Picture of Sadness as the Queen Lets the Mask Slip out Riding

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Byline: ROBERT JOBSON

THE QUEEN today let her mask slip and her grief for her mother was clearly visible as she rode out at Windsor.

The strain showed on her face as she went for her daily ride with her daughter, the Princess Royal, and a groom through Windsor Great Park this morning.

The picture of sadness, in stark contrast to yesterday when the 75-year-old Queen smiled through her sorrow, was taken a few hours before the Queen Mother's coffin was moved from the Royal Chapel of All Saints Church to St James's Palace in London.

Royal sources say the Queen finds great comfort in riding and tries to make time for at least one daily outing while at Windsor, her favourite home.

A senior Palace source said: "Quite simply it helps Her Majesty clear her head. It is something she has always done and I am sure will continue to do."

Meanwhile, it emerged today that the Prince of Wales will be the only member of the royal family to accompany the Queen Mother's coffin on her final journey after the ceremonial funeral.

The grief-stricken Prince asked the Queen to grant his wish to travel with his beloved grandmother's body from Westminster Abbey ahead of the private interment at St George's Chapel, Windsor, next Tuesday.

Senior Palace sources said the plan was discussed at an emotional meeting between mother and son at Windsor Castle at the weekend. The high-ranking source told the Evening Standard: "His devastation at the loss of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother is clear for everyone to see.

"The Prince asked the Queen for permission to travel with the coffin after the service and she agreed. Her Majesty and

the rest of the royal family will of course follow to Windsor later," the source added.

The move is in stark contrast to the final journey of Princess Margaret, when no member of the family accompanied her coffin to Slough crematorium after the service.

It follows Prince Charles's emotional televised tribute when he broke free of royal restraint to talk from the heart about his beloved grandmother.

Clearly moved, he spoke of how he had dreaded the prospect of the death of his "darling magical grandmother".

He said: "Somehow I never thought it would come. She seemed gloriously unstoppable.

Oh, how I shall miss her laugh and wonderful wisdom, born of so much experience and innate sensitivity to life."

Today, in the next stage of the nine-day period of national mourning, the body of the Queen Mother was being taken from the Royal Chapel near Royal Lodge where the Queen Mother died in her sleep aged 101 on Saturday.

A lone piper played a Highland lament as the Queen Mother's coffin began the 23-mile journey to the Queen's Chapel, St James's Palace, only yards from her official residence at Clarence House.

The coffin was due to pass Buckingham Palace at 1pm before arriving at St James's Palace at 1. …

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