By  on February 26, 2010

LONDON — Family members, close friends and business associates of Lee Alexander McQueen gathered at St. Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge on Thursday afternoon for the funeral of the designer, who committed suicide earlier this month at age 40.

The 150 or so mourners included François-Henri Pinault, head of PPR; Gucci Group chief executive officer Robert Polet; Stella McCartney; Kate Moss; Naomi Campbell; Daphne Guinness; Sam Taylor-Wood; Aaron Johnson, and Annabelle Neilson.

One mourner described the service as “beautiful and moving,” with traditional hymns sung by the church choir. The order of service program bore a picture of the late designer with his three beloved dogs — Minter, Juice and Callum.

There was chaos on Wilton Place as guests arrived to crowds of onlookers and paparazzi, and as McQueen’s flower-covered, gold-handled coffin was carried into the church. There was a large arrangement of ivy and white flowers that spelled “Uncle” from the designer’s nieces and nephews.

The Anglican, Victorian-era church is a traditional venue for celebrity and society services. The funeral services for Mark Birley, founder of the nightclub Annabelle’s, and John Profumo, both took place there.

Afterward, mourners gathered for a reception at Claridge’s, one of McQueen’s favorite hotels and the place he’d stayed with his late mother before collecting his CBE honor from Queen Elizabeth II.

A larger memorial service for friends and supporters of the designer is expected to take place at some point, although a date has not been set.

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