Dame Barbara Windsor’s funeral to take place today in London today – Evening Standard



She will be cremated at a private ceremony at Golders Green Crematorium in London on Friday afternoon and numbers will be limited because of coronavirus.

Fellow EastEnders star Ross Kemp, who played her onscreen son, is among those expected to attend while pantomime performer and close friend Christopher Biggins has said he will be delivering a eulogy.

Dame Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014.

She and her husband Scott Mitchell have been widely praised for their work raising awareness of dementia after the actress went public with her diagnosis in 2018.

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Barbara Windsor who died at the end of last year

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A JustGiving page set up as a tribute to Dame Barbara and in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK has raised more £145,000, reaching more than £150,000 with Gift Aid, and people have the option of donating in lieu of flowers.

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Kate Lee, Alzheimer’s Society chief executive, said: “We will be forever grateful to Dame Barbara Windsor and her husband Scott Mitchell for sharing their dementia experience so bravely and publicly raising awareness of what it’s like to live through this devastating disease, for people with dementia and their carers.

“Both Dame Barbara and Scott were instrumental in putting social care on the map through supporting our Fix Dementia Care campaign and in raising vital funds for dementia research through Dementia Revolution – the most successful Virgin Money London Marathon charity partnership campaign ever.

Barbara Windsor – In pictures

The EastEnders star has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

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Pam St Clement (Pat Butcher), Mike Reid (Frank Butcher), Ross Kemp (Grant Mitchell), Steve McFadden (Phil Mitchell), Shaun Williamson (Barry), and Tony Caunter (Roy) outside the Queen Vic pub at London’s Elstree studios

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Barbara Windsor f with Queen Elizabeth II during a royal visit to Elstree Studios where EastEnders is filmed in 2001

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Susan Hampshire, Anna Masse, Miriam Karlin and Hayley Mills, in the ‘Night of 100 Stars’ with Barbara Windsor at the London Palladium in 1964

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Barbara Windsor with Scott Mitchell at Buckingham Palace where she was made a Dame CBE in 2016

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Dame Barbara Windsor in Westminster Abbey, London after the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Work of the Ronnie Corbett in 2017

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Barbara Windsor with Jaime Winstone and Samantha Spiro

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Dame Barbara Windsor with her Outstanding Contribution to Television Award at the TV Choice Awards 2016 at The Dorchester Hotel, London

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Barbara Windsor on the Poppy Bus at Buckingham Palace in 2014

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Barbara Windsor as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders

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Barbara Windsor receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the The University Of East London. For her lifetime contribution to the arts

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Barbara Windsor f with Queen Elizabeth II during a royal visit to Elstree Studios where EastEnders is filmed in 2001

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Dame Shirley Bassey with Barbara Windsor after an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in 2000

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Barbara Windsor as Peggy Mitchell kisses Larry Lamb as Archie Mitchell

Barbara Windsor as Peggy Mitchell with Grant and Phil Mitchell in a scene from EastEnders

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Barbara Windsor enjoys ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’ at the Piccadilly Theatre in 2010

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Barbara Windsor and June Brown arrive for the British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall in 2009

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Boris Johnson, mayor of London, and actress Barbara Windsor play Sitting Volleyball after the Women’s Sitting Volleyball Preliminaries Pool A match between Great Britain and Ukraine on day 2 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at ExCel

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Barbara Windsor as Peggy Mitchell at Albert Square in EastEnders

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Barbara Windsor as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders

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Barbara Windsor greeting her first husband Ronald Knight outside Brixton prison in 1980

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Eric Morecambe with Barbara Windsor in 1976

Barbara Windsor flanked by Andrew Sachs and Bill Fraser during a dress rehearsal of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 1976

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Barbara Windsor with Lionel Jeffries and Graham Stark the premiere of the film ‘Percy’ at ABC1, Shaftesbury Avenue, London in 1971

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Barbara Windsor in her dressing room in 1970

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Barbara Windsor with Jim Dale and Hattie Jacques in Carry On Doctor (1969)

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Barbara Windsor in 1963

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“The £4 million raised is powering discoveries at the pioneering Dementia Research Institute which Alzheimer’s Society co-founded – research will beat dementia.

“Dame Barbara was a truly extraordinary woman, and today our thoughts are with her and Scott’s family and friends and everyone who loved her.”

Mitchell said: “The last few weeks have been some of the toughest of my life. But the number of tributes and donations made to Alzheimer’s Research UK in memory of Barbara have blown me away and brought me real comfort.”