Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Moving Tribute

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Moving Tribute

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NO-ONE QUITE EXPECTED this. By the time the Queen Mother is laid to rest tomorrow, over 400,000 people will have paid their respects to her.

Yesterday, the queue to file past her coffin in Westminster Hall was three miles long; today, even though many people are back at work, there will be thousands more. It is an extraordinary, spontaneous demonstration of public affection for a remarkable woman, and a tribute to the values that the Queen Mother - and her generation - embodied. The patience and dignity of the crowds were very moving; somehow this was not how people expected contemporary Britons to behave, and the spectacle was all the more impressive for that. What is remarkable, too, is the unexpected responsiveness of the Royal Family to the public mood. The Prince of Wales and other members of the Royal Family have shared their memories of the Queen Mother with the public, face-to-face or in interviews. Today, the Queen is to make a televised address to the nation about her mother, during the course of which she will thank the people who waited so long to pay their respects to her. …

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