6 JANUARY 2005

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The Queen attended the funeral this week of Sir Angus Ogilvy, the husband of her cousin Princess Alexandra. Sir Angus passed away on Boxing Day at the age of 76 after a lengthy battle with throat cancer.

Her Majesty was joined by 31 members of the royal family for the private service at Windsor Castle.

Camilla Parker Bowles, who is a close friend of the Ogilvy family, arrived with Prince Charles but did not sit with him during the service.

The coffin, draped in a Union flag, was carried into St George's Chapel by members of the Scots Guards, Sir Angus' former regiment, while a piper played the lament, Flowers Of The Forest.

The Prince of Wales and his sons, William and Harry, sent a wreath of white and purple pansies with the message: "For dear Angus with so many affectionate and everlasting grateful memories". The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's white roses and lilac tribute bore the message "In Affectionate Memory".

A short committal service attended by Sir Angus' immediate family plus the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh was later held at the Frogmore Royal Burial Ground in Windsor Home Park.

Sir Angus was one of the most popular members of the royal family. A prominent businessman and financier, he married his close friend Princess Alexandra, then 26, in 1963. Insisting on paying his own way, Angus shunned the limelight and preferred to keep a low profile. He was once quoted as saying: "We've only been to about three restaurants during our marriage. What we really prefer is to eat scrambled egg at home."

Princess Alexandra attends the funeral service of her husband on Wednesday. Sir Angus passed away on Boxing Day at the age of 76 after a lengthy battle with throat cancer
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Camilla Parker Bowles, who is a friend of the Ogilvy family, also came to pay her last respects. With the Queen present, however, she did not sit with Prince Charles during the service
Photo: EMPICS

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