Later, accompanied by grandson Prince Charles, the Queen Mother
made her way to Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn carriage adorned in blue and gold flowers.
Mr Shawcross's book, which has been six years in the making, is believed to be largely based on a series of secret discussions the Queen Mother
had with her friend and confidant Sir Eric Anderson, who taught Prince Charles at Gordonstoun.
Senior members of the Royal Family including Prince William, Prince Harry, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the Princess Royal and the Earl and Countess of Wessex gathered to watch the unveiling, as did members of the Bowes-Lyon family - relatives of the Queen Mother
The Chancellor told the Commons: 'Mr Deputy Speaker, it is right to honour the life and service of the Queen Mother
with a permanent memorial to her.
Guests at the castle, bought by the Queen Mother
in 1952, always feared having their ankles bitten by the Queen Mother
's corgis, which used to spend much of the night on the steps outside her bedroom door.
The former bedrooms of the Queen Mother
and also the late Princess Margaret are included in a new floor being opened to the public.
The Prince of Wales will officially open the Queen Mother
Memorial Gates at The Black Watch HQ at Balhousie Castle, Perth.
A Palace announcement said, ``Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
has bequeathed her entire estate (which mainly comprises the contents of her houses) to the Queen.
The photo at left shows the Queen Mother
with her grandson, Prince Charles, heir to the throne; and his sons, Prince William, next in line, and Prince Harry.
Chris McIntosh, Royal Mail's operations manager for the area, said: "We decided to do a respectful launch from Glamis, due to the links the Queen Mother
had with the area.
The presence of the Queen Mother
on Champion Chase day had long been one of the highlights of
Whatever our opinion of the Queen Mother
, who could not have been moved by the scenes of the past few days?