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The Browns lay Jennifer to rest.

Byline: Joe Quinn

THE baby daughter of Chancellor Gordon Brown was laid to rest in a private ceremony following an emotional funeral service.

More than 400 mourners, among them Prime Minister Tony Blair, gathered at St Bryce Kirk in Kirkcaldy, Fife, to say goodbye to Jennifer Jane and give thanks for her brief life.

Mr Brown and his wife Sarah entered the kirk hand-in-hand five minutes before the start of the service.

Inside, they heard the Chancellor's elder brother John Brown describe how their daughter had "transformed the lives of her parents and all her family".

In an address to the mourners, he said: "Her life was to be counted in days and hours and moments, its dawn to be followed so quickly by its twilight.

"But for every moment of it, Jennifer was surrounded by love."

Jennifer Jane was born seven weeks early and weighed just 2lb 4oz following an emergency Caesarean delivery.

She died in her parents' arms on Monday at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

Her tiny coffin was carried from the church by a middle-aged woman at the end of the 40-minute funeral service before being placed in the back of a waiting car.

The Chancellor and his wife emerged moments later, looking drawn but composed.

They held hands and chatted briefly before Mr Brown helped his wife, who wore a black jacket, black skirt and cream blouse, into their chauffeur-driven car.

The couple were then driven to the private burial service, where they were joined by other close family members.

The printed order of service for the thanksgiving service carried on its cover a picture of the child taken soon after she was born in the Forth Park Maternity Hospital.

It bore the caption: "Jennifer, the first picture - sleeping, one hour old." The media were asked not to reproduce the picture.

The service began with a welcome and a call to worship by the Rev Sheila Munro, the Church of Scotland minister who married Gordon Brown and Sarah Macaulay in August 2000.

After the hymn All People That On Earth Do Dwell, a prayer was said by the Rev Kenneth Froude.

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