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Royal grief: Queen fights tears as she takes over her mother's Remembrance role.

The Queen appeared to blink back tears yesterday as she took on her late mother's role at the opening of the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.

She showed her emotions during a minute's silence after planting a small wooden Remembrance Cross bearing a scarlet poppy in the field.

The annual open-air service in St Margaret's churchyard, held in memory of Britain's war heroes, was rarely missed by the Queen Mother in the last 50 years.

The Queen, wearing a black coat, hat and gloves and carrying a black handbag, had been greeted by the Sub Dean of Westminster, Canon David Hutt, at the north gate. She was accompanied by Sara Jones, widow of Falkland's war hero Colonel H Jones, who was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

Prayers were said for world peace at the brief ceremony, held in the presence of hundreds of war veterans.

Then Mrs Jones invited the Queen to plant her own personal Cross of Remembrance.

It was during the minute's silence that the Queen, looking sombre, battled to control her emotions, before she set off on a walkabout around the churchyard to inspect some of the 19,000 crosses from all over the country.
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Date:Nov 8, 2002
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