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Chatsworth funeral for Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Dowager Duchess funeral cortege at Chatsworth Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Hundreds of mourners attended the last Mitford sister's funeral at Chatsworth

The funeral of Deborah, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, has taken place on the Chatsworth estate.

The cortege left Chatsworth House for St Peter's Church at Edensor, where a service was held.

The Prince of Wales, who paid tribute to the last of the Mitford sisters who died aged 94 earlier this week, was there with the Duchess of Cornwall.

More than 600 staff from the stately home and hundreds of members of the public lined the route to the church.

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Image caption Chatsworth House staff followed the funeral cortege to the church at Edensor

The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire's body was laid to rest in a wicker coffin among the Cavendish family graves in the village churchyard.

Elvis Presley

Chatsworth Garden has been opened to the public for a celebration of her life.

The order of service for the funeral included hymns, as well as Elvis Presley's How Great Thou Art because of the duchess's love of the singer.

The duchess transformed Chatsworth House in Derbyshire into a popular tourist attraction.

Tributes have been paid all week. Prince Charles said he would "miss her so very much".

The dowager duchess's son Peregrine, the current Duke of Devonshire, said this week his mother had always kept the family together.

"She never complained much about anything. She gets irritated by things but only briefly. Very much a 'half-full' person, optimistic and really happy," he said.

Image caption The duchess was buried in a wicker coffin among family graves

A book of condolences will be available for people to sign in Flora's Temple in Chatsworth Garden.

The Helen's Trust, which supports the terminally ill and the Addington Fund, which helps farming families, were supported by the duchess.

Donations were collected for the two charities.

Chatsworth House, farmyard, stables shops, restaurants and the Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop have been closed for the day.

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Image caption Prince Charles and Camilla were among the mourners
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Image caption More than 600 staff from the stately home attended the funeral

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