The Queen’s final resting place – The King George VI Memorial Chapel

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Following the funeral service at Westminster Abbey, Her Majesty The Queen will be reunited with her husband, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died on 9 April 2021. His coffin currently rests in the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, waiting to be simultaneously interred with his wife.

Both will be interred in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, which currently houses the remains of King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, The Queen’s parents. It also houses the cremated remains of The Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret.

The chapel was a new construction, and King George VI was temporarily interred in the George III vault until its completion in 1969. It was constructed on the north side of St George’s Chapel and was designed by George Pace. The King’s coffin was privately transferred to the new chapel on 26 March 1969, and it was dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on 31 March 1969.

It can be entered through the four-centred arch, customarily closed off by an iron screen and a gate. There’s also a small ‘liturgical chapel’ with an altar and stained glass windows. On the back wall, you can see a bronze copy of a medallion of King George VI and a matching one for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. A memorial slab for Princess Margaret can also be seen. A small vault lies beneath the chapel, which is closed off with a black ledger stone bearing the name of The Queen’s parents.

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