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Which royals are buried at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle?


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Built-in 1475, St Georges Chapel, Windsor Castle was originally founded by King Edward III in the 14th century and was extensively expanded in the 15th century. Over time, its become the famous site of many royal services, including the Order of the Garter, royal weddings, and burials.

With seven places inside the chamber being the final resting place of royals, Royal Central is taking a look at the royals buried at the chapel.

Quire

King Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547)

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Henry VIII ruled England for 36 years, presiding over changes that brought the nation into the Protestant Reformation. Henry famously married six wives in his search for a healthy male heir.

Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII (c. 1508 – 24 October 1537)

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Also known as Jane Semel, Jane was Queen of England from 1536 to 1537. Known as the third wife of Henry VIII, Jane succeeded Anne Boleyn as queen consort.

Charles I of England (19 November 1600 – 30 January 1649)

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Charles served as the King of England, Scotland, and Ireland from March 1625 until his execution in 1649. Noted for many years of fighting between his supporters and Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentarians, the King was convicted of treason and executed on 30 January 1649.

The infant child of Queen Anne who died in 1696 is also buried in the Quire.

Royal Vault

Princess Amelia, daughter of George III (7 August 1783 – 2 November 1810)

Amelia was the 15th and last child and the sixth daughter of King George III and his wife, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. She was their first daughter to die and the third child to die before them.

Princess Augusta, Duchess of Brunswick (31 July 1737 – 23 March 1813)

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The granddaughter of King George II, Princess Augusta Frederica of Great Britain was the only elder sibling of King George III.

Princess Charlotte, daughter of George IV (7 January 1796 – 6 November 1817)

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The only child of King George IV and his wife, Caroline of Brunswick, Charlotte outlived her grandfather King George III and her father. She would have become Queen of the United Kingdom but died at the age of 21.

Queen Charlotte, wife of George III (19 May 1744 – 17 November 1818)

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Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was the Queen of Great Britain and Ireland until the two kingdoms’ union on 1 January 1801. The wife of George III, Charlotte was a patron of the arts.

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (2 November 1767 – 23 January 1820)

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn was the fourth son and the fifth child of King George III. His only daughter would become Queen Victoria.

King George III (4 June 1738 – 29 January 1820)

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George was the King of Great Britain and Ireland from 25 October 1760 until the union of the two kingdoms in 1801. He was concurrently Duke and Prince-elector of Brunswick-Lüneburg in the Holy Roman Empire before becoming King of Hanover on 12 October 1814.

Other royals buried in this part of the chapel include:

  • Stillborn son of Princess Charlotte (d. 1817)
  • Prince Alfred, son of George III (d.1782, placed in vault 1820)
  • Prince Octavius, son of George III (d.1783, placed in vault 1820)
  • Princess Elizabeth, daughter of William IV (d.1821)
  • Prince Frederick, Duke of York (d.1827)
  • King George IV (d.1830)
  • Still-born daughter of Prince Ernest Augustus, son of George III (d.1818)
  • King William IV (d.1837)
  • Princess Sophia, daughter of George III (d.1840)
  • Queen Adelaide, wife of William IV (d.1849)
  • Prince Frederick of Schleswig-Holstein, son of Princess Christian (d.1876)
  • King George V of Hanover (d.1878)
  • Victoria von Pawel Rammingen, daughter of Princess Frederica of Hanover (d.1881)
  • Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck, mother of Queen Mary (d.1897)
  • Prince Francis, Duke of Teck, father of Queen Mary (d.1900)
  • Princess Frederika of Hanover (d.1926)
  • Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, grandfather of Queen Mary (d.1850, placed in vault 1930)
  • Princess Augusta, Duchess of Cambridge, grandmother of Queen Mary (d.1889, placed in vault 1930)

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Edward IV of England (28 April 1442 – 9 April 1483)

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Edward played a key role in the Wars of the Roses – a series of civil wars in England between the Yorkist and Lancastrian factions between 1455 and 1487.

Other royals buried in this part of the chapel include:

  • Queen Elizabeth Woodville (d. 1492)
  • Princess Louise, Duchess of Saxe-Weimar, niece of Queen Adelaide (d.1832)

King George VI Memorial Chapel

King George VI (14 December 1895 – 6 February 1952)

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The father of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the late Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, George was King of the United Kingdom from December 1936 until his death in 1952. George famously took the throne after his brother Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, an American socialite. George was also the last Emperor of India from 1936 until 1947.

Although his funeral took place at St George’s Chapel, George was originally interred in the Royal Vault inside the chapel. His body was transferred to the King George VI Memorial Chapel in March 1969.

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (4 August 1900 – 30 March 2002)

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The wife of George VI, Queen Elizabeth added “The Queen Mother” to her name to avoid confusion after her daughter Elizabeth took the throne in 1952. The Queen Mother was the last Empress of India and she died about a month after her youngest daughter, Princess Margaret.

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (21 August 1930 – 9 February 2002)

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Margaret was the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. She was also the only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II. In her later years, Margaret suffered multiple strokes after years of heavy smoking. Margaret’s ashes are buried inside the chapel.

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King Henry VI of England (6 December 1421 – 21 May 1471)

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The only child of Henry V, Henry succeeded to the English throne at the age of nine. Just months upon his father’s death, he succeeded to the French throne on the death of his maternal grandfather, Charles VI.

King Edward VII (9 November 1841 – 6 May 1910)

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The eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Edward was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and Emperor of India from 1901 until his death in 1910.

Queen Alexandra (1 December 1844 – 20 November 1925)

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Married to King Edward VII, Alexandra served as Queen of the United Kingdom, the British Dominions, and the Empress of India from 1901 to her husband’s death in 1910.

The Gloucester Vault

Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh (25 November 1743 – 25 August 1805)

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William Henry was the grandson of King George II and the younger brother of King George III.

Princess Maria, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh (10 July 1736 – 22 August 1807)

From 1759 to 1763, Maria was the Countess Waldegrave as the wife of James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave. Three years after his death, in 1766, Maria married Prince William Henry making her the new Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh.

Other royals buried in this part of the chapel include:

  • Prince William, Duke of Gloucester (d.1834)
  • Princess Sophia of Gloucester (d.1844)
  • Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester (d.1857)

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King George V (3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936)

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George ruled as King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and the Emperor of India from May 1910 until his death in 1936.

Queen Mary (26 May 1867 – 24 March 1953)

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Alongside her husband King George V, Mary was the Queen of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions from 1910 until 1936. She was concurrently the Empress of India.

About author

My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.