Queen Laid to Rest Next to Husband

'Deeply personal family occasion' caps Britain's 10 days of mourning
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 19, 2022 7:40 PM CDT
Queen Laid to Rest in 'Deeply Personal' Ceremony
Guards line along the procession route at Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Monday Sept. 19, 2022, ahead of the committal service for Queen Elizabeth II.   (Henry Nicholls/Pool via AP)

After the pomp and pageantry of a grand state funeral, Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest in an intimate ceremony away from prying cameras in Windsor, where she was reunited with her husband and her parents. King Charles III and senior royal family members gathered late Monday for the private interment ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, a gothic church on the grounds of Windsor Castle that has hosted royal weddings, christenings, and burials since the 15th century, the AP reports.

Earlier Monday, 800 mourners, many of them the queen’s staff, joined royal family members in the chapel for a committal service—the last public ceremony capping 10 days of national mourning that saw huge military parades, miles-long queues in London to see the queen’s coffin lying in state, and Britain’s first state funeral since former Prime Minister Winston Churchill died in 1965. In contrast, the interment late Monday was on a much more intimate scale. Royal officials said it was a "deeply personal family occasion," and proceedings were not televised. They said the queen was interred together with Prince Philip’s remains at the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex within St. George’s.

When Philip, the queen's husband of 73 years, died last year, his coffin had been placed in a different part of St. George’s Chapel, ready to be moved to the memorial chapel to join the queen when she died. Elizabeth II’s parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, were also interred there along with the ashes of Princess Margaret, the late monarch’s younger sister who died in 2002. St. George's is the resting place of 10 former British monarchs, including Henry VIII and the beheaded Charles I. After the burial, the royal family's official Twitter account tweeted a photo of the queen walking in a field of heather.

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