April 08, 2002 01:04 PM

On the eve of her mother’s funeral, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled to speak to her countrymen and women Monday at 6 p.m. (1 p.m. EST) in a TV and radio address recorded at Windsor Castle, reports the BBC. She is expected to thank the public, including the more than 125,000 people who so far have filed past the coffin of the perennially popular “Queen Mum,” for its tributes as well as express gratitude for the 101-year-old’s long and eventful life. The Queen Mum died peacefully in her sleep Saturday afternoon, March 30, after having suffered health problems since last Christmas. The Queen’s speech, meant to combine solemnity with celebration of her mother’s achievements, is due to set the tone for Tuesday’s funeral at Westminster Abbey, says the BBC. On Monday afternoon princes Charles, Andrew and Edward were scheduled to join their cousin, Viscount Linley (the late Princess Margaret’s son) in mounting a vigil over their grandmother’s coffin inside Westminster Hall, as members of the public — who, in some cases, have stood in line for upwards of 12 hours — continue to file past. The BBC notes that the 20- to 30-minute vigil by the Queen Mother’s four grandsons will echo that of George V’s four sons — Edward, Albert, Henry and George — who stood guard around his casket when he died in 1936.

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

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