EastEnders legend Barbara Windsor's funeral takes place in London

Amy West
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Photo credit: Getty Images

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Several famous faces gathered at Golders Green Crematorium in London today (January 8) to pay their respects to the late Dame Barbara Windsor.

The beloved EastEnders actor, who was also known for her more comedic work in several of the Carry On films, passed away in December at the age of 83 following a battle with Alzheimer's.

Scott Mitchell, her husband of 20 years, led the funeral procession, which was photographed as it made its way through the capital city. Some images of the procession follow below.

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Photo credit: Stuart C. Wilson - Getty Images

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, only a small number of people were permitted to attend the private ceremony. Among the mourners was Britain Got Talent judge David Walliams, The Great British Bake Off host Matt Lucas, I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! winner Christopher Biggins and Dame Barbara's former EastEnders co-star Ross Kemp.

Other family members who also took part in the final farewell included Dame Barbara's mother-in-law Rita Mitchell, Scott's sister Marsha and brother-in-law Laurence.

Flowers spelling out the words 'Babs,' 'The Dame' and 'Saucy' were seen displayed on either side of the hearse.

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Photo credit: Beretta/Sims/Shutterstock

Since Dame Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2014, she and partner Scott have strived to spread awareness about the disease and help to raise funds for relevant charities. Donations to Alzheimer's Research UK can currently be made in her memory via her Just Giving page.

At the time of writing, more than £150,500 has been raised.

"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," Kate Lee, Alzheimer's Society chief executive, recently told the Evening Standard.

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Photo credit: Neil Mockford - Getty Images

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"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."

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