The name of the late Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, along with her husband, Prince Philip, is engraved on a new ledger stone in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in south-east England, which opens to visitors as usual from next week.
The late monarch, who died in Scotland on September 8 at the age of 96, was buried in the George VI Memorial Chapel – an enclave within the chapel on her estate in Berkshire near London – in a private ceremony following her state funeral on Monday .
The coffin of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was then moved from the Royal Vault to the same enclave, which also houses the coffins of the Queen’s parents, Father George VI and Mother Elizabeth.
Buckingham Palace said the new stone will replace a black plate bearing the names of King George VI and Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, to include all of their names.
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The stone set in the floor now reads “George VI 1895-1952” and “Elizabeth 1900-2002”, followed by a metal star of the Order of the Garter and then “Elizabeth II 1926-2022” and “Philip 1921-2021”.
Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister who died in 2002, was cremated according to her wishes and her ashes were also transferred later that year to George VI’s memorial chapel containing her parents’ coffins after the Queen Mother’s death.
Members of the public can visit the site starting next week when Windsor Castle reopens to visitors, now as the official residence of “His Majesty the King Charles III”.
“Windsor Castle will reopen to visitors on Thursday, September 29. Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, we will not reopen the Platinum Jubilee display,” said the Royal Collection Trust, which manages the royal palaces.
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“Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It is open to visitors all year round. It was founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century and has been home to 40 monarchs since then,” it said.
Visitors can take a look inside the George VI Memorial Chapel, which is protected by iron gates. It was commissioned by the late Queen as her intended final resting place and completed in 1969.