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Mourners gather to say farewell to Paddy Doherty’s mother Queenie

TV personality Paddy Doherty and dozens of other mourners gathered to say goodbye to family matriarch Elizabeth ‘Queenie’ Doherty.

The My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star leaned down to kiss his mother’s coffin along with his brothers, all wearing red ties in her honour, at her funeral at Sacred Heart Church in Cobham, Surrey, on Saturday.

Queenie died on April 9 aged 76 from a massive heart attack Doherty attributed to a broken heart as it came less than a year after the death of her husband of almost 60 years, Simon Doherty.

My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding star Paddy Doherty leaned down to kiss his mother Queenie’s coffin along with his brothers, all wearing red ties in her honour, at her funeral

Queenie died on April 9 aged 76 from a massive heart attack

Doherty attributed her death to a broken heart as it came less than a year after the death of her husband of almost 60 years

Queenie (left) died on April 9 aged 76 from a massive heart attack Doherty (right) attributed to a broken heart as it came less than a year after the death of her husband of almost 60 years

A dozen silver Rolls Royces bearing white flags formed a procession for her body to the church

A dozen silver Rolls Royces bearing white flags formed a procession for her body to the church

Many other mourners packed the church and stood with their heads bowed towards the coffin and several large photos of Queenie

Many other mourners packed the church and stood with their heads bowed towards the coffin and several large photos of Queenie

The family, including 17 children, surround the coffin inside the church as they pay their respects to Queenie

The family, including 17 children, surround the coffin inside the church as they pay their respects to Queenie

Flowers, wreaths, and a photo of Queenie with her late husband Simon stood in front of the coffin as family viewed the body

Flowers, wreaths, and a photo of Queenie with her late husband Simon stood in front of the coffin as family viewed the body

Big Fat Gypsy Weddings star Paddy Doherty (right) and his brothers at the funeral of their mother, Queenie, at the Sacred Heart Church in Cobham, Surrey

Big Fat Gypsy Weddings star Paddy Doherty (right) and his brothers at the funeral of their mother, Queenie, at the Sacred Heart Church in Cobham, Surrey

Queenie's daughters, sister of Doherty, take their turn to kiss her goodbye as their brothers did 

Queenie’s daughters, sister of Doherty, take their turn to kiss her goodbye as their brothers did 

A dozen silver Rolls Royces bearing white flags formed a procession for her body to the church where it sat surrounded by flowers and notes paying tribute.

‘To Granny, love you always. From your grandson,’ one note read. 

Nearby another short note, from her daughter and Paddy’s sister Mary, was a heartfelt message from her sister-in-law: ‘Thank you for all the good times we had together. Rest in peace you star’.

Many other mourners packed the church and stood with their heads bowed towards the coffin and several large photos of Queenie.

Her coffin sat surrounded by flowers and notes paying tribute. 'To Granny, love you always. From your grandson,' one note read

Her coffin sat surrounded by flowers and notes paying tribute. ‘To Granny, love you always. From your grandson,’ one note read

A heartfelt message from her sister-in-law: 'Thank you for all the good times we had together. Rest in peace you star'

A heartfelt message from her sister-in-law: ‘Thank you for all the good times we had together. Rest in peace you star’

Another short note, from her daughter and Paddy's sister Mary, was wedged between flowers near the coffin

Another short note, from her daughter and Paddy’s sister Mary, was wedged between flowers near the coffin

'She never wanted to live when my father died, and all she wanted was the headstone and it to be up,' Doherty (second from left) said days after her death last week

‘She never wanted to live when my father died, and all she wanted was the headstone and it to be up,’ Doherty (second from left) said days after her death last week

One of Doherty's brothers tears up as mourners give tributes to Queenie during the funeral

One of Doherty’s brothers tears up as mourners give tributes to Queenie during the funeral

Doherty kisses a photo of his mother on his mobile phone during the service, holding it in the same hand as bears a tattoo in tribute to his mother

Doherty kisses a photo of his mother on his mobile phone during the service, holding it in the same hand as bears a tattoo in tribute to his mother

After the funeral, Queenie's coffin - adorned with a crowned angel - was loaded back in to a hearse as mourners looked on

After the funeral, Queenie’s coffin – adorned with a crowned angel – was loaded back in to a hearse as mourners looked on

Doherty and other family place their hands on the coffin to say one last farewell before Queenie's body is driven away

Doherty and other family place their hands on the coffin to say one last farewell before Queenie’s body is driven away

Doherty (centre pall bearer) and his brothers carry Queenie's coffin from the church after the funeral service

Doherty (centre pall bearer) and his brothers carry Queenie’s coffin from the church after the funeral service

An emotional Doherty hauls his mother's coffin as the procession leaves the church and heads for the hearse outside

An emotional Doherty hauls his mother’s coffin as the procession leaves the church and heads for the hearse outside

Ahead of the coffin, other mourners carried a photo of Queenie and her husband Simon in their younger years

Ahead of the coffin, other mourners carried a photo of Queenie and her husband Simon in their younger years

‘She never wanted to live when my father died, and all she wanted was the headstone and it to be up,’ Doherty said days after her death last week.

‘That went up and then she started saying “I am going to go now, I want God to take me, God will take me very shortly”. She wanted that, she wanted to go.’

Married at a very young age and with 17 children between them, he said the family believe that their father was waiting for her on the other side when she died.

‘Behind every great man there has to be a great woman… my father, his life was his woman, and her life was him,’ he said.

Describing her as the ‘queen of my heart’, he said his 76-year-old mother was always smiling, and that you ‘never saw a frown on her face’, with her death leaving the family ‘heartbroken’.

Doherty poses in a recent photo of himself and his mother, who died on April 9 of a massive heart attack

Doherty poses in a recent photo of himself and his mother, who died on April 9 of a massive heart attack

Funeral director Paul Brown (left) with Big Fat Gypsy Weddings star Paddy Doherty at the funeral of his mother, Queenie

Funeral director Paul Brown (left) with Big Fat Gypsy Weddings star Paddy Doherty at the funeral of his mother, Queenie

Mourners arrive at the Sacred Heart Church in Cobham, Surrey, before the funeral, after many arrived in a fleet of Rolls Royces

Mourners arrive at the Sacred Heart Church in Cobham, Surrey, before the funeral, after many arrived in a fleet of Rolls Royces

The Rolls Royces filled up the street after Doherty promised to give his mother a huge sendoff

The Rolls Royces filled up the street after Doherty promised to give his mother a huge sendoff

They drove through the streets of the town with white flags flapping in the breeze as a tribute to Queenie

They drove through the streets of the town with white flags flapping in the breeze as a tribute to Queenie



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