Queen Elizabeth reunited with Philip and her parents in Windsor chapel

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After the pomp and pageantry of a grand state funeral, Queen Elizabeth II was laid to relaxation in an intimate ceremony away from prying cameras in Windsor, the place she was reunited with her husband and her parents.

King Charles III and senior royal relations gathered late Monday for the non-public interment ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, a gothic church on the grounds of Windsor Castle that has hosted royal weddings, christenings and burials for the reason that fifteenth century.

Earlier Monday, 800 mourners, lots of them the queen’s employees, joined royal relations in the chapel for a committal service — the final public ceremony capping 10 days of nationwide mourning that noticed big army parades, miles-long queues in London to see the queen’s coffin mendacity in state, and Britain’s first state funeral since former Prime Minister Winston Churchill died in 1965.

In distinction, the interment late Monday was on a way more intimate scale. Royal officers stated it was a “deeply private household event,” and proceedings weren’t televised.

They stated the queen was interred collectively with Prince Philip’s stays on the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex inside St. George’s. When Philip, the queen’s husband of 73 years, died final 12 months, his coffin had been positioned in a distinct a part of St. George’s Chapel, able to be moved to the memorial chapel to hitch the queen when she died.

Elizabeth II’s parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, had been additionally interred there alongside with the ashes of Princess Margaret, the late monarch’s youthful sister who died in 2002.

St. George’s is the resting place of 10 former British monarchs, together with Henry VIII and the beheaded Charles I. It can also be the house of the Order of the Garter, an historic order of chivalry based by King Edward III in 1348.

Last 12 months the queen bid farewell to Philip at St. George’s in a “Covid-secure” funeral. The ceremony to mark the dying of Philip was muted due to strict pandemic restrictions, and solely 30 mourners had been allowed contained in the chapel on the time.

St. George’s and Windsor featured prominently all through the queen’s life. The chapel was the place she marked many a Christmas and Easter, and the place she celebrated the weddings of three of her grandchildren: Prince Harry married Meghan Markle there in 2018, as did Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. Peter Philips, the queen’s oldest grandchild, married Autumn Kelly there in 2008.

The queen spent most of her weekends in Windsor, a quiet and extra non-public retreat away from the bustle of Buckingham Palace in central London.

The fortress — believed to be the most important occupied fortress in the world — was additionally the place younger Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret had been despatched to reside throughout World War II whereas their parents had been busy with the struggle effort. In latest years the queen made Windsor Castle her primary residence, having moved there in early 2020 at first of the coronavirus pandemic.

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