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Queen’s name inscribed on chapel stone next to Prince Philip’s

Late monarch joined her husband in final resting place after funeral

Liam James
Tuesday 20 September 2022 23:37 BST
Queen Elizabeth's funeral procession marches towards Windsor Castle

The Queen’s name has been inscribed alongside her mother’s, father’s and Prince Philip’s on a ledger stone in the Windsor chapel where she was buried on Monday evening.

The late monarch was laid to rest together with the Duke of Edinburgh in a private service attended by King Charles and the royal family, which followed her state funeral at Westminster Abbey and committal service in Windsor.

Buckingham Palace said the inscription on the ledger stone in the George VI Memorial Chapel has the names of the Queen, George VI, the Queen mother and Philip, along with their years of birth and death.

The stone has replaced the black slab set into the floor which featured the names George VI and Elizabeth in gold lettering.

The new stone now contains, in list form, “George VI 1895-1952” and “Elizabeth 1900-2002” followed by a metal Garter Star, and then “Elizabeth II 1926-2022” and “Philip 1921-2021”.

All four royals were members of the Order of the Garter, which has St George’s Chapel as its spiritual home.

When Philip died 17 months ago, his coffin was interred in the Royal Vault of St George’s, ready to be moved to the memorial chapel – a pale stone annexe added on to the north side of the building behind the North Quire Aisle in 1969 – when the Queen died.

The old stone at George VI Memorial Chapelbearing the names of the Queen’s father and mother (PA)

The Queen’s sister Princess Margaret, who died in 2002, was cremated and her ashes were initially placed in the Royal Vault, before being moved to the George VI memorial chapel with her parents’ coffins when the Queen Mother died weeks later.

Windsor Castle is currently closed to the public and will reopen on 29 September.

King Charles travelled to Scotland on Tuesday with the Queen Consort to grieve privately, as the royal family continues its period of mourning for the Queen.

He and Camilla were pictured in a vehicle which arrived at RAF Northolt, reportedly bound for Balmoral – the estate on which the King’s Scottish home of Birkhall is located.

Then-princess Elizabeth, Prince Philip, the future Queen Mother, King George VI and Princess Margaret in Buckingham Palace, 1947 (AFP/Getty)

Charles decreed on 9 September, the day after the Queen died following her 70-year reign, that a period of mourning would be observed until seven days after the funeral.

Members of the royal family are not expected to carry out official engagements, and flags at royal residences will remain at half-mast until 8am after the final day of royal mourning.

They have been left bereft by the death of their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and at times their grief was palpable, with the King looking emotional and close to tears at the state funeral.

He had travelled extensively in the days after his mother’s death, as he toured the UK in his role as the nation’s new monarch.

No date has been fixed for his coronation, but it is expected that, in line with royal precedent and due to the large amount of planning involved, there will be at least several months until Charles’s crowning.

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