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.
- The first picture of the new ledger stone marking the late Queen Elizabeth II’s final resting place in Windsor has been released.
- The ledger stone, set into the floor of the King George VI Memorial Chapel in St George’s Chapel, features the names of the Queen, her late husband Prince Philip and her parents.
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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.
A ledger stone has been installed at the King George VI Memorial Chapel, following the interment of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.The King George VI Memorial Chapel sits within the walls of St George’s Chapel, Windsor. pic.twitter.com/5GdsGoTb27September 24, 2022
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.”
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.
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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