Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband of 73 years, will be buried next to the monarch’s grave once she is interred at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin has been temporarily resting in the Royal Vault within St. George’s Chapel since almost 18 months.
Prince Philip’s funeral took place on April 17, 2021, amid a virulent wave of the pandemic. The service was attended by a limited number of people due to Covid restrictions. A poignant picture of the Queen sitting alone in the church went viral after the service, showcasing how the monarch followed the rules set by the government.
Prince Philip was privately interred in the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The internment, however, was temporary, as following royal tradition, he was to be interred with his wife. His remains are still at the Royal Vault.
The Queen will be buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel within St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and her husband Philip will be transferred to be by her side. The memorial chapel was built by Queen Elizabeth in 1969 as an addition to St. George’s Chapel especially to house the grave of her late father, King George VI, whose body was also placed in the Royal Vault for 17 years. Fifty years after his death, his wife’s coffin and his younger daughter, Princess Margaret, ashes were also interred with him.
In the past few centuries, St. George’s Chapel, has become the preferred burial ground for the Royal family. Before St. George’s, most royals were buried at Westminster Abbey. Among other members of the royals, the chapel houses the graves of Henry VIII, his wife Jane Seymour, King George VI, Princess Margaret, Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary of Teck.
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, breathed her last on Thursday in Balmoral Castle, United Kingdom (UK) at the age of 96.
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