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Peaches' funeral: a doting mother to the very end

Mourners including Kate Moss and Jools Holland hear tribute from Bob at the same church where funeral of his wife Paula Yates was held

Kirsty Blake-Knox in Kent

Published 21/04/2014 | 12:06

The decorated coffin carrying Peaches Geldof arrives at her funeral at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
The decorated coffin carrying Peaches Geldof arrives at her funeral at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
The coffin carrying Peaches Geldof arrives at her funeral at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Sarah, Duchess of York attends the funeral of Peaches Geldof at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Jo Wood attends the funeral of Peaches Geldof at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Mariella Frostrup attends the funeral of Peaches Geldof at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Fashion designer Amy Molyneaux attends the funeral of Peaches Geldof at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Bob Geldof's Boomtown Rats bandmate Pete Briquette attends the funeral of Peaches Geldof
Alan McGee, former boss of the Creation record label, attends the funeral of Peaches Geldof in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman arrives at the funeral service for Peaches Geldof at the St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in Davington, southeast England
Mourners arrive at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church in Davington, near Faversham, Kent, for the funeral service of Peaches Geldof.
Former model Deborah Leng (C) arrives at the funeral service for Peaches Geldof at the St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in Davington, southeast England
Actress Jaime Winstone arrives at the funeral service for Peaches Geldof. Reuters/Neil Hall
A florist delivers flowers to the home Bob Geldof ahead of the funeral of his daughter of Peaches Geldof at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church in Davington, near Faversham, Kent.
Flowers left by mourners at the funeral of Peaches Geldof, who died aged 25 on April 7. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Floral tributes for Peaches Geldof are seen near the church of St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence, before her funeral service in Davington, southeast England. Reuters/Neil Hall
A tribute left by mourners at the funeral of Peaches Geldof at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Members of the press await the funeral of Peaches Geldof at St Mary Magdalene & St Lawrence Church on April 21, 2014 in Faversham, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence Church in Davington, near Faversham, Kent, where the funeral service of Peaches Geldof is being held
Peaches Geldof died on April 7

Kate Moss, Sarah Ferguson, Jools Holland, Nick Grimshaw and Jamie Winston all attended the funeral of Peaches Geldof at Saint Magdalene and St Lawrence Church in England's Garden of Kent today.

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Peaches' coffin arrived at Bob Geldof's estate adjacent to the church at 12.50pm. The handpainted sky-blue coffin was covered with clouds and had a portrait of Peaches with her husband Tom Cohen, their two sons Astala and Phaedra and their pet dogs.

Locals had tied bunches of bluebells and wild flowers to the gate of Bob's Davington Priory home and the words 'RIP Peaches' were scrawled in chalk across a pillar outside the residence.

At around 2.40pm the hearse which had brought Peaches' remains to the funeral left the estate without the coffin.

Shortly after 3pm mourners started to leave the estate, some carrying the order of service with a portrait of Peaches on the front and another picture of her family on the back.

The Duchess of York was driven off in a chauffeured green Bentley and waved to onlookers as she left.

Kate Moss and her husband Jamie Hince left together after they were picked up in a black Mercedes. They were followed shortly afterwards by Jo Wood.

Other mourners included singer Eliza Doolittle,  presenter Alexa Chung, music mogul Alan McGee and Bob Geldof's Boomtown Rats bandmate Pete Briquette.

Guests made their way to the picturesque church via a private gateway from Geldof's home to avoid the glare of the media.

A wreath of bright yellow sun flowers and pink lilies were delivered to the family home prior to the service.

Peaches Geldof gave birth to a baby boy called Phaedra on Wednesday
Peaches Geldof gave birth to a baby boy called Phaedra on Wednesday
Peaches Geldof, second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, has died aged 25
Peaches and Tom's sons Astala Dylan Willow, two, and Phaedra Bloom Forever, four-months old relax on the couch. (Photo: Instagram/ Peaches Geldof)
Astala and Phaedra
Peaches Geldof (right) and Thomas Cohen (left) attending The Wolf of Wall Street UK premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square, London. Ian West/PA Wire
Thomas and Astala
Peaches with her father Bob Geldof
Peaches Geldof attends the ETAM show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on February 25, 2014 in Paris, France
Fifi Geldof, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof, Pixie Geldof and Peaches Geldof (Photo by J.Tregidgo/WireImage)
Peaches Geldof attends The BRIT Awards 2014 at 02 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England
Peaches Geldof arriving for the 2014 NME Awards, at Brixton Academy, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 26, 2014. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Peaches Geldof
Peaches regularly shares photos of her kids online. Her son Phaedra is pictured here. (Photo: Instagram/ Peaches Geldof)
Peaches Geldof and Tom Cohen got married in Kent
Paris Hilton and Peaches Geldof arrives for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS 2009 benefit at the Hotel du Cap during the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2009
Peaches attended the funeral of Bob's dad in Dublin with the rest of the family 4 years ago.
Peaches Geldof and ex-husband Max Drummey attend a party to celebrate the launch of Peaches Geldof's PPQ collection, at Movida on November 27, 2008 in London, England.
Pregnant Peaches Geldof
Bob Geldof and Paula Yates at Funderland
PAULA YATES
London Fashion Week...Peaches Geldof (left) outside the Natural History Museum in west London
Bob Geldof and daughters Peaches (left) and Pixie, arriving at The Odeon Leicester Square, London
Model and socialite Peaches Geldof
Actress Paula Yates, the former wife of Bob Geldof and lover of INXS front man Michael Hutchence, died of an accidental heroin overdose in the year 2000.
Pippa Middleton (second right) and Peaches Geldof (second left) at the Temperley London show at the British Museum as part of London Fashion Week
Bob Geldof and Paula Yates with baby Peaches and older sister Fifi in 1989.
Model and socialite Peaches Geldof
Socialite Peaches Geldof
A younger Peaches Geldof
Peaches Geldof (L) and Thomas Cohen pose for photographers at the Moet & Chandon Etoile Award for Mario Testino at the Park Lane Hotel in London, England
Peaches Geldof has died at the age of 25
Pixie (left) and Peaches Geldof arrive at the UK premiere of 'Derailed', at the Curzon Mayfair, central London
Peaches (right) and Pixie Geldof showing off their Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix books outside Waterstone's in London's Piccadilly following the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Bob Geldof arrives back at his home in Chelsea, with daughters Peaches (middle) and Pixie (right)
Peaches Geldof, who has died at the age of 25
Peaches Geldof attends TRESemme at Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2012 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 12, 2011 in New York City
Peaches Geldof, second daughter of musician Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, has died aged 25
Peaches Geldof and Thomas Cohen attend the Moschino cheap&chic show during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013/14 at The Savoy Hotel on February 16, 2013
F Peaches Geldof attends the Jeremy Scott Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Milk Studios on September 14, 2011 in New York City
Peaches Geldof attends the Philipp Plein fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2011 on February 26, 2011 in Milan, Italy

Peaches died unexpectedly on April 7. Her husband Tom Cohen, singer with defunct punk band S.C.U.M, raised the alarm when he became increasingly concerned that his wife was not answering her phone. 

Kent Police reportedly arrived on the scene to find the columnist dead with her 11-month-old son Phaedra Bloom Forever by her side.

Her death is being treated as "non-suspicious but unexplained and sudden”.

Bob was thought to lead tributes to his daughter today at the same church where the funeral of her mother Paula Yates was held.

Peaches' ashes were expected to be scattered in the estate's garden, where she played as a child, according to reports.

After the funeral, family members were expected to return to Bob Geldof’s home for a traditional Irish wake. 

The funeral of television presenter Yates was held at the same church after she died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2000, aged 41.

The Geldof family has said the service was held in private.

Kent Police said the tragedy was being treated as a "non-suspicious, unexplained sudden death".

An inquest is not expected to be opened and adjourned by the coroner until after the results of toxicology tests are known.

In a statement released after her death, Bob Geldof said the family were “beyond pain”.

“She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us,” he wrote.

"Writing 'was' destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever. How sad that sentence is.”

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