First look of Queen Elizabeth II’s ledger stone with inscription for Prince Philip and her parents, ‘they’re finally reunited’

A first look of the ledger stone for Queen Elizabeth II has been released ahead of it being open to the public

The Queen's ledger stone, marking her final resting place
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The first look of the black marble stone commemorating the final resting place of the late Queen Elizabeth II has been released. The marble slab bears brass lettering for the names of the Queen, Prince Philip and the Queen’s parents, George VI and Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

Buckingham Palace has shared a picture of the Queen’s ledger stone, surrounded by floral tributes and wreaths, before the upcoming reopening of Windsor Castle.

The hand-carved Belgian black marble slab bears in brass lettering the names of the Queen, her husband, Prince Philip, and her parents, George VI and Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

The memorial stone for Princess Margaret is also visible in the photo, as her ashes are included in the chapel.

After sharing a moving image of the Queen’s final resting place on social media, fans were quick to share their emotional reactions.

Many pointed out the bittersweet reality that, at last, after 70 years of service, the Queen is reunited with her nearest and dearest – including her late husband and sister.

One shared a vintage photo of memorialized royals when they were younger, writing out their affectionate nicknames “Bertie, Elizabeth, Lilibet, Margaret and Philip, five together.”

Another fan beautifully summed it up by writing, “They’re finally reunited.”

The five family members - Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Elizabeth II, George VI, Prince Philip and Princess Margaret - are reunited at St George's Chapel

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Visitors will soon be able to see the historic stone for themselves, when they can pay their respects at the burial site on any day that St George’s Chapel is open to the public, from September 29.

The King George VI Memorial Chapel - a pale stone annex added to the north side of the building, behind the North Quire Aisle, in 1969 - was commissioned by the Queen as a burial place for her father.

The Queen was privately buried at King George VI's Memorial Chapel after her state funeral

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He was originally laid to rest in the Royal Vault after his death in 1952 before being moved to the chapel.

Princess Margaret’s ashes were also initially placed in the Royal Vault after her death in 2002, before being moved to the memorial chapel with her parents’ coffins when the Queen Mother died weeks later.

Prince Philip’s coffin was interred in the Royal Vault in the chapel, ready to be moved to the memorial chapel when the Queen died.

St George’s Chapel is the resting place of a number of kings and queens dating back to the burial of Henry VII in the 16th century.

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