Queen Elizabeth II’s final resting place is marked with a new ledger stone in the King George VI Memorial chapel, Buckingham Palace has said. The stone slab bears the name of the late Queen, her husband, and her parents, with the two generations separated by a metal garter star.
George VI 1895-1952
Elizabeth II 1926-2022
Princess Margaret’s ashes are also buried in the chapel, though her name is not on the inscription.
The previous ledger stone in the chapel floor was inscribed with “George VI” and “Elizabeth” in gold lettering.
The King George VI Memorial chapel is part of St George’s chapel at Windsor Castle, and was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth II in 1962 as a burial place for her father. George VI was originally interred in the royal vault at the castle after his death in 1952 before being moved to the chapel.
The garter star is present on the ledger stone as all four royals were members of the Order of the Garter. St George’s chapel is the spiritual home of the order, which is the UK’s oldest and most senior order of chivalry, and was founded by Edward III of England in 1348.
Details emerged as a period of national mourning ended, with flags on government buildings once more flying at full mast. Royal mourning will continue until Tuesday. King Charles and Camilla, the Queen Consort, are understood to have flown to Scotland to grieve in privacy at Birkhall, near Balmoral where the late Queen died on 8 September.
Floral tributes to her will be composted and given a new lease of life in planting projects throughout the royal parks. It is expected that work to remove items laid by the public will begin on Monday, a week after the state funeral, and will continue for seven days.
Liz Truss described the Queen’s death as a “momentous period and a period of great grief and sadness in the nation”.
She added: “At the funeral we saw such huge public support and I have also seen that from world leaders who have come to London in unprecedented numbers.
“From my own point of view, I am hugely honoured to have been invited to form a government by Her Majesty the Queen in one of her last acts.
“Since then, I have had two audiences with His Majesty and what I have seen is a huge outpouring of public warmth and support for him and for the whole royal family.”
Source: The Guardian