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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Britain Mourns Death With Gun Salute

LONDON -- The coffin of Elizabeth the queen mother rested Monday in a small stone chapel at Windsor Castle where the royal family privately mourned the beloved matriarch before she is taken to lie in state in London.

Artillery pieces thundered 41-gun salutes in a dozen locations around the country and in the colony of Gibraltar in honor of King George VI's widow, who died at her Windsor home Saturday afternoon.

Bouquets with fond messages attached were placed at St. James's Palace and the adjacent Clarence House, which had been the queen mother's London home since her husband's death in 1952 and the accession of her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II.

Admirers lined up at St. James's Palace to sign one of the 16 books of condolence. More than a thousand visitors had signed the books by lunchtime Sunday and the figure had more than doubled by mid-afternoon.