Where Queen Elizabeth II will be buried

Where Queen Elizabeth II will be buried

where the queen will be buried where the queen will be buried final resting place windsor castle elizabeth ii prince philip - Steve Parsons / PA

where the queen will be buried where the queen will be buried final resting place windsor castle elizabeth ii prince philip – Steve Parsons / PA

Following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey, Queen Elizabeth II will be interred in King George VI’s memorial chapel in Windsor.

The small chapel houses the remains of the late queen’s father, King George VI, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.

When the Duke of Edinburgh died in April 2021, his coffin was placed in the 200-year-old royal vault under St George’s Chapel.

However, this is not Prince Philip’s last resting place and he will be moved to the memorial chapel inside St. George to lie next to his wife’s coffin.

King George VI Memorial Chapel, Windsor: where Queen Elizabeth II will be buried - Chris Jackson / Getty Images

King George VI Memorial Chapel, Windsor: where Queen Elizabeth II will be buried – Chris Jackson / Getty Images

What is the significance of this chapel?

The memorial chapel was built in 1969 after the death of King George VI. The king was originally buried in the royal vault when he died in 1952, before being moved to the memorial chapel upon its completion.

It will contain the remains of Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, and already houses the bodies of George VI, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.

The pale stone annex has a black stone slab set into the floor and is located on the north side of St George’s behind North Quire Aisle.

Death of Queen Elizabeth - Tim Ockenden / PA

Death of Queen Elizabeth – Tim Ockenden / PA

It is engraved with “George VI” and “Elizabeth” in gold lettering and is accompanied by the years of birth and death of the late king and queen mother.

Princess Margaret, who died in 2002, was cremated and her ashes were initially laid in the royal vault, before being moved to the George VI memorial chapel with her parents’ coffins when the Queen Mother died a few weeks later.

The princess wanted to be cremated because she found the alternate royal cemetery at Frogmore in Windsor Great Park too “gloomy”.

Lady Glenconner – a lifelong friend of the princess – said in 2002 that the princess preferred the memorial chapel instead. “She told me she found Frogmore very gloomy,” Lady Glenconner said. “I think she would like to be with the late king, which she will now be. I think there is room for her to be with him now.”

George VI died in 1952, but was first buried in the royal vault and moved to the memorial chapel when it was built 17 years later.

Where are the other members of the royal family buried?

The Royal Vault in Windsor was created between 1810 and 1814 for George III, who died in 1820. He is one of the three kings whose remains are buried there, along with George IV and William IV.

Other members of the royal family buried there include George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte, and their daughter, Princess Amelia; the daughter of George IV, Princess Charlotte; and Queen Victoria’s father, the Duke of Kent.

King George V and Queen Mary of Teck – the grandparents of Queen Elizabeth II – are buried in the north aisle of St George’s Chapel.

ROYAL MAUSOLEUM - JEREMY SELWYN

ROYAL MAUSOLEUM – JEREMY SELWYN

However, Queen Victoria was buried next to Prince Albert in the Royal Mausoleum of Frogmore Gardens.

Edward, the Duke of Windsor and Wallis, the Duchess of Windsor are buried together in the Royal Burial Ground in Frogmore Park. Princess Alice, the Duchess of Gloucester, is also buried there.

Meanwhile, many historical royals were buried in Westminster Abbey, including Edward the Confessor and Mary Queen of Scots.

Westminster Hall

Queen Elizabeth lay in the state inside the Palace of Westminster ahead of Monday’s funeral. Known as “Operation Feather”, her coffin is placed on a bier (a raised box) in the center of the room.

The public will be able to openly visit the coffin for 23 hours a day to pay homage before the funeral ceremony.

Lying in the state is a custom given to the Sovereign as Head of State, as well as the current or former queen consort and, at times, former prime ministers.

William Gladstone layman in 1898; King Edward VII in 1910; King George V in 1936; King George V in 1936; King George VI in 1952; Queen Mary in 1953; Winston Churchill in 1965; and the Queen Mother in 2002.

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