After her state funeral at Westminster Abbey, Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest in the King George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor.
In the tiny chapel are the remains of the 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.
This is not Prince Philip’s final resting place, however, and he will be moved to the memorial chapel within St George’s to lie alongside his wife’s coffin.
What is the significance of this church?
The memorial chapel was built in 1969 after the death of King George VI. The King was first buried in the Royal Vault when he died in 1952, before being moved to the memorial chapel when it was completed.
It will hold the remains of Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, and already houses the bodies of George VI, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
There is a black stone slab in the white annexe which lies on the floor and is situated on the north side of Saint George’s behind the North Quarter aisle.
It is inscribed with ‘George VI’ and ‘Elizabeth’ in gold letters and is accompanied by the birth and death years of the late King and Queen Mother.
Princess Margaret, who died in 2002, was cremated and her ashes were first placed in the Royal Vault, before being moved to the George VI memorial chapel with her parents’ coffins when the Queen Mother died just weeks later.
The princess wanted to be cremated because the other royal cemetery at Frogmore in Windsor Great Park was too “grim”.
Lady Glenconner – a lifelong friend of the princess – said in 2002 that the princess would have preferred the memorial chapel instead. “She told me she found Frogmore very gloomy,” said Lady Glenconner. “I think she would like to be with the late King, which she will be now. There is a room I think she should be with 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 other members of the Royal family buried?
The Royal Vault at Windsor was created between 1810 and 1814 for George III, who died in 1820. He is one of 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; George IV’s daughter, 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 Center of St George’s Chapel.
However, Queen Victoria was laid to rest alongside Prince Albert in the Royal Mausoleum in Frogmore Gardens.
Edward, Duke of Windsor and Wallis, Duchess of Windsor are buried in the Royal Cemetery at Frogmore Park. Princess Alice, 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.
Queen Elizabeth lay in state inside the Palace of Westminster before Monday’s funeral. Called ‘Operation Cleite’, her coffin is placed on a catafalque (elevated box) in the middle of the hall.
The public will be able to visit the coffin openly for 23 hours a day to pay their respects before the funeral ceremony.
Lying in state is a custom given to the Sovereign as Head of State, as well as current or past Queen Consorts and, sometimes, former prime ministers.
William Gladstone’s state evacuation 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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