Buckingham Palace releases official picture of the Queen's final resting place with her parents and husband

Buckingham Palace releases official picture of the Queen's final resting place with her parents and husband
Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 after reigning for 70 years (Toby Melville -Pool/Getty Images; Instagram/theroyalfamily)

BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND: The Royal Family has officially released the first picture of the Queen's final resting place in Windsor. The photograph reveals the new ledger stone that has been installed at the King George VI Memorial Chapel, which lies inside St George's Chapel in Windsor. 

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Queen Elizabeth II has now been reunited in death with her beloved husband, Prince Philip. Her parents, King George VI and Queen Mother Elizabeth, as well as her sister, Princess Margaret, were interred there. The public and tourists will be able to view the spot as part of the Windsor castle tours.

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The old slab which bore the names of King George VI and Elizabeth has been replaced by the new ledger stone. The new Belgian black stone slab features the names of the four royals in gold lettering. Presented in a list form, it reads, "George VI 1895-1952" followed by "Elizabeth 1900-2002". The couple is then followed by "Elizabeth II 1926-2022" and then "Philip 1921-2021". 

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The names of the two couples are separated by the insignia of the Order of the Garter, an order of chivalry that is the oldest order of knighthood in the British honors system. It is outranked in precedence only by holders of the Victoria Cross and the George Cross. Notably, all four were members of the order, and St George's Chapel, where the memorial is situated, is the order's spiritual home, reported the Daily Mail.

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King Charles III and members of the royal family follow behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is carried into St George's Chapel at the Committal Service on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. The committal service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, took place following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. A private burial in The King George VI Memorial Chapel followed. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
King Charles III and members of the royal family follow behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is carried into St George's Chapel at the Committal Service on September 19 (Jonathan Brady-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Queen was interred with her husband, Prince Philip, in a private service on Monday, September 19, after her state funeral at Westminster Abbey and committal service in Windsor. The private service was attended by King Charles and members of the royal family. 

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The Duke of Edinburgh's coffin was first placed in the Royal Vault in the chapel, but has now been moved to the King George VI Memorial Chapel. According to sources, the coffins of both Elizabeth and Philip were gently lowered 18ft to lie one on top of the other, supported by a metal frame, inside the 10ft by 14ft chamber. 

Pall bearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top into St. George's Chapel on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. The committal service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, took place following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. A private burial in The King George VI Memorial Chapel followed. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Pall bearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top into St. George's Chapel on September 19 (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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People eager to pay their respects can visit the St George's Chapel, which will be open to visitors from Thursday, September 29. This will be part of the tour of Windsor Castle, the tickets for which cost $31 on Saturdays and $29 on all other days for one adult as per the Royal Collection Trust. While the castle will be open on all days, those hoping to visit the Chapel must do so on all days except Sundays, when it is only open to those attending a service.

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