The Queen’s final resting place is marked with a simple plaque that reunites her with her adored husband and parents for eternity.
The 96-year-old sovereign was buried Monday night in a touching private ceremony at the King George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor.
There was a ledger stone—a slab laid in the floor—previously marked with the names of the Queen’s parents in gold letters on black Belgian marble.
Tonight, Buckingham Palace revealed that a new plate has been installed overnight with the names of the late monarch, her husband and parents along with the dates of their birth and death.
In order there is George VI 1895-1952, Elizabeth 1900-2002, Elizabeth II 1926-2022, Philip 1921-2021.
Between the two pairs is a single metal Garter Star, the insignia of the Order of the Garter, the country’s oldest and most noble knighthood.
All four were members of the order and St. George’s Chapel, where the memorial chapel is located, is her spiritual home.
A stone plaque inscribed with the names of Queen Elizabeth II, her late husband Prince Philip and her parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth is installed in St George’s Chapel in Windsor
The Royal Family released a never-before-seen image yesterday showing Queen Elizabeth II walking in the moors at Balmoral in Scotland
Her Majesty was buried next to her husband, Prince Philip, and her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Pictured: A stone in the George VI Memorial Chapel in St George’s Chapel in Windsor, where the Queen Mother was buried in 2002
Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is lowered under St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Monday afternoon during her engagement service
The simple stone outbuilding, which can be viewed through a metal gate in St George’s Chapel, also contains the ashes of the late monarch’s sister, Margaret.
The public will be able to view the Queen’s final resting place starting next week, but will have to pay for the privilege, it can be revealed.
The chapel, currently closed during the Royal Morning, will reopen to visitors on Thursday 29 September as part of a general tour of Windsor Castle, costing up to £28.50 for adults and £15.50 for children.
The castle is only open from Thursday through Monday five days a week, but St. George’s Chapel is closed to the public on Sundays because it is a living place of worship.
Castle tours are organized by the Royal Collection Trust (RCT), a registered charity and a branch of the Royal Household. The royal family keeps no profit.
Revenue from admissions and other commercial activities is used to maintain the Royal Collection, one of the largest and most important art collections in the world and one of the last major European royal collections to remain intact.
The collection, which contains thousands of works of art and antiques, is not in the possession of the king as a private individual, but is held in trust by the sovereign for his successors and the nation.
The treasures are spread across some 15 royal residences and former residences across the UK, most of which are regularly open to the public.
It may come as a surprise, however, that those who want to see the Queen’s resting place and pay their respects will have to pay for it.
However, sources stressed that the RCT is a charity and has suffered a £30m shortfall due to the pandemic.
There is also probably concern that St. George’s Chapel could become overrun with mourners, especially since the family monument is so small and visitors can only look at it through a small metal gate.
With 250,000 benefactors queuing for up to 2pm to see the Queen in state, Windsor’s staff may face long queues and bottlenecks.
A private service, due to begin at 7:30 p.m., took place last night, away from the public eye, where King Charles buried his mother the Queen. This rarely seen photo from 1947 was released last night
King Charles III places the Queen’s Company Camp Color of the Grenadier Guards on Her Majesty’s coffin during Monday’s service
The new monarch was in tears as he said goodbye to his mother during Monday afternoon’s service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor
Members of the public threw flowers and bouquets that covered the royal hearse when the Queen arrived in Windsor Monday afternoon
However, an RCT spokesperson stressed that only a limited number of castle tickets are sold per day in 15-minute timed slots.
George VI died in February 1952 at just 56 years old – a moment the Queen always marked privately at her Sandringham estate. Her mother died in March 2002 at the age of 101. The Queen lost her sister, Princess Margaret, a month earlier at the age of 71.
King George’s coffin was originally placed in the royal vault. But because it was his wish to rest in his own chapel with his beloved wife, in 1969 his eldest daughter had a memorial chapel built that bears his name.
Their resting place was marked by a black ledger with the inscriptions King George VI 1895-1952 and Elizabeth 1900-2002 in gold letters. Margaret’s ashes were initially placed in the royal vault, before being moved to the memorial chapel when the Queen Mother died weeks later.
After a historic state funeral in London and a ceremony in Windsor on Monday, the late Queen’s coffin was taken to the vault, but later returned along with that of Prince Philip, who died last April at the age of 99.
Their remains were then interred in the small family memorial annexe on the north side of St. George’s Chapel.
Their coffins were gently lowered 18 feet to lie on top of each other, supported by a metal frame, in the 10-by-14-foot chamber.
An RCT spokesperson said visitors would not be able to bring flowers into the castle.