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HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

4 August 1900 - 30 March 2002

On Tuesday 9 April the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother will take place at 11.30am at Westminster Abbey.

Until then, members of the public are able to pay their respects at Westminster Hall on Friday 5 April from 2-6pm and from Saturday to Monday from 8am-6pm (BST).

HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was Chancellor of the University of London for 25 years, until 1980. She was also an Honorary Fellow of LSE. Her last visit to the School was to open the Butlers' Wharf residence in November 1989.

Professor Anthony Giddens, Director of LSE, said: "On behalf of the School community, may I express our sympathy to HM The Queen, the Royal Family and particularly to the Princess Royal, the present Chancellor of the University of London, on the sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Along with many students and alumni of the School, we celebrate the contribution she made during her long life and mourn her loss."

In her role as Chancellor of the University of London, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother knew much of the work of the School and in particular the importance of the British Library of Political and Economic Science. In 1978 she officially opened the BLPES' new home in Portugal Street, the Lionel Robbins building. In November 2001 the School welcomed the Princess Royal to officially re-open the building, newly refurbished and modernised, and so continue the association with our Royal Chancellors.

LSE arrangements for Tuesday 9 April

The School will remain open on Tuesday 9 April, in line with University of London arrangements. Members of staff who wish to pay their respects are welcome to do so, after consultation with their departments to ensure appropriate cover arrangements.

From 10am there will be live TV coverage of the funeral in the Peacock Theatre, for staff who may wish to see some of the ceremony. At 11.30am, staff are invited to observe a two minute silence if they so wish.

There will be a minute's silence before the School's next meetings of the Academic Board, the Council and the Council of Governors.

At the University of London, a portrait of The Queen Mother in the Chancellor's robes has been placed in a public area in Senate House, with accompanying flowers. The Vice-Chancellor of the University of London has sent messages of condolence to Clarence House, Buckingham Palace, and the Chancellor. He will attend the funeral at Westminster Abbey.


The Gate of the Year, a poem by Minnie Louise Haskins (1875-1957), former lecturer at LSE, will be read at the funeral. For more information on Minnie Louise Haskins, click here|.

More information on The Queen Mother's life and tributes to her can be found on http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/obituaries/queen_mother|/|

To view the Royal website's memorial page, visit  www.royal.gov.uk/output/page1011.asp|

5 April 2002