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First picture released of Queen’s ledger stone marking her final resting place


Sep 24, 2022

Buckingham Palace has released the first image of the new ledger stone marking the Queen’s final resting place.

The late monarch was laid to rest on Monday evening in the King George VI Memorial Chapel in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Her parents and husband are also buried there.

The George VI Memorial Chapel in St George's Chapel, Windsor. Pic: File
The previous stone contained the names of her father George VI and mother Elizabeth

Elizabeth II’s name is inscribed on the black slab with those of her father George VI, mother Elizabeth, and husband Philip.

The picture shows the stone set into the chapel floor and surrounded by tributes of flowers and wreaths.

It is made of hand-carved Belgian marble with brass letter inlays, to match the previous one that had the names of George VI and Elizabeth in gold lettering.

Visitors will be able to see the new stone in person from next week as Windsor Castle reopens to the public.

The Queen, 96, was laid to rest together with the Duke of Edinburgh in a service attended by King Charles and other members of the Royal Family.

The private ceremony followed her state funeral at Westminster Abbey and committal service in Windsor.

Coffin lowered into royal vault
The Queen’s coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault on Monday

The fresh 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.

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Queen's coffin lowered into royal vault

People can pay their respects at the burial site from Thursday 29 September, just over a week after the funeral.

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 when the Queen died.

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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 memorial chapel with her parents’ coffins when the Queen Mother died weeks later.

The memorial chapel was commissioned by the Queen in 1962 as a burial place for her father. It was designed by George Pace and finished in 1969.

Source : BBC News

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