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British Royals

The last resting place of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest in the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor on the evening of September 19th 2022.

The tombstone was placed on the grave soon afterwards.

The simplest of markers was chosen for the longest reigning Monarch in British history.

Her Late Majesty lies beneath a slab engraved with ‘Elizabeth II” and her dates, ‘1926 – 2022’. The stone also includes the permanent memorials for her husband, father and mother who she is buried alongside.

The stone shows ‘George VI, 1895 – 1952’, ‘Elizabeth, 1900 – 2002’, ‘Elizabeth II, 1926 – 2022’ and ‘Philip, 1921 – 2021’.

The tombstone of George VI and Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother which has now been replaced with a new version after their daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Philip were buried alongside them
(By VCR Giulio19 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wiki Commons)

The tombstone is new, replacing the one that had been put into the Chapel in 2002 following the burial of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

Also buried in the tiny chapel are the ashes of Princess Margaret, the only sister of Queen Elizabeth II. There is a separate gravestone for Her Late Royal Highness.

The chapel also contains an engraving of lines from the poem, The Gate of the Year, which King George VI quoted in his Christmas message in 1939 as Britain was at war. The most famous words of the poem are featured on the wrought iron gates that separate the chapel from the main part of St. George’s Chapel. They read ‘I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year ‘Give me light that I may tread safely into the unknown”.

Prince Philip was laid to rest alongside Queen Elizabeth II in the same family service on September 19th 2022. His coffin had rested in the Royal Vault at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor since his funeral in April 2021. The couple, who were married for 73 years, had always intended to be buried together and had agreed that whoever passed away first would ”wait” for the other so that their final resting place would be side by side.

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8th 2022 at Balmoral. She was 96 and had reigned for 70 years.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.