April 08, 2002 01:04 PM

As more than 2,000 attended the Queen Mother’s funeral in London’s Westminster Abbey Tuesday morning (details will be reported in Tuesday’s afternoon edition of the PEOPLE Daily News), Britain’s Queen Elizabeth addressed her nation on TV Monday to thank her subjects for their support following the death of her mother. That same day, the grandsons of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (including Prince Charles), who died peacefully in her sleep on March 30, stood vigil over her coffin, which lay in state in London’s Westminster Hall, reports the British Press Association. In a pre-recorded message that aired at 6 p.m. (1 p.m. New York time), the Queen, 75, said: “Ever since my beloved mother died over a week ago I have been deeply moved by the outpouring of affection that has accompanied her death. But the extent of the tribute, the huge numbers of people paid my mother in the last few days has been overwhelming. I have drawn great comfort from so many individual acts of kindness and respect. I count myself fortunate that my mother was blessed with a long and happy life. She had an infectious zest for living and this remained with her until the very end.” She expressed the hope that Tuesday’s funeral for the Queen Mum, who was 101, would not be a somber event: “I hope that sadness will blend with a wider sense of thanksgiving, not just for her life, but for the times in which she lived. It was the warmth and affection of people everywhere which inspired her resolve, dedication and enthusiasm for life . . . I thank you for the support you are giving me and my family as we come to terms with her death and the void she has left in our midst. I thank you also from my heart for the love you gave her during her life and the honor you now give her in death. May God bless you all.”

For more on the Queen Mum’s life, read our special tribute.

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