Royal Funerals

Royal Funerals

Four reigning British monarchs died during the 20th century. Each time, the capital became the focus of national mourning and reflection.

Queen Victoria died at Osborne House on 22 January 1901. After ten days' lying-in-state on the Isle of Wight, her body was brought to London by train. The funeral procession left Victoria station during the morning of 2 February. Traditional black mourning hangings were banished from London's streets and replaced with purple cashmere and white satin bows.

Crowds of mourners gathered on the bitterly cold winter's day to watch the procession make its way on foot to Paddington Station. From there, the Queen's body was taken to Windsor. Following a short service in St George's Chapel, Victoria's body lay in state in the Albert Memorial Chapel for two days. On 4 February, she was laid to rest in Frogmore Mausoleum, next to her beloved late husband, Prince Albert.

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