Dame Barbara Windsor's funeral held with 'Queen Peggy' tribute

Dame Barbara Windsor and her husband Scott Mitchell

Dame Barbara Windsor and her husband Scott Mitchell

"Dame Barbara was a truly extraordinary woman and our thoughts are with her and Scott's family and friends".

The Carry On films icon's former EastEnders co-stars Anna Karen and Ross Kemp and comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams were among the celebrities who joined Dame Barbara's husband Scott Mitchell, friends and family at Golders Green Crematorium for the service.

The beloved actress, who became a household name playing Peggy Mitchell on EastEndersand was also known for her role in the Carry Onfilms, died in December at the age of 83.

With the country now in lockdown, just 30 people were able to attend the service due to COVID-19 regulations.

Dame Barbara's husband of 20 years led the funeral procession.

Her coffin, which was in a vehicle adorned with flowers spelling out Babs, The Dame and Saucy, was brought to Golders Green Crematorium in London.

A topless picture of Barbara covering herself from the iconic film Carry On Camping adorned the cover of the order of service. He had moved into her home a few days earlier to be by her side when she died.

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Speaking in an ITV documentary past year, her husband Scott described how the disease - which is the most common form of dementia - had turned their lives upside down since Barbara's diagnosis, saying: "It's not the Barbara that I knew".

There was reduced capacity inside the venue due to coronavirus restrictions.

"Barbara, what a life you had".

"My heart goes out to every family who have experienced the same restrictions at their loved ones' funerals".

There has been widespread praise of Dame Barbara's work in raising awareness of Alzheimer's - a progressive disease which causes memory loss and is the most common type of dementia in the UK.

He added: "I would again like to thank my family, friends, the media and the public for their incredible support and well wishes since Barbara's passing".

"Barbara's final weeks were typical of how she lived her life". You were a Dame of the British Empire, a Member of the British Empire, the nation loved you, we loved you.

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