Revealed… The simple yet poignant inscription for Queen’s final resting place

The Queen’s final resting place has been marked with a simple slab that reunites her for eternity with her beloved husband and parents.

The 96-year-old sovereign was laid to rest in a moving private ceremony at Windsor’s King George VI Memorial Chapel on Monday night.

There, a ledger stone, an inscribed slab set in the floor, had previously been marked with the names of the Queen’s parents in gold letters on black Belgian marble.

Buckingham Palace tonight revealed that a new slab was installed overnight bearing the names of the late monarch, her husband and parents along with the dates of her birth and death.

In order, it says George VI 1895-1952, Elizabeth 1900-2002, Elizabeth II 1926-2022, Philip 1921-2021.

Between the two pairs is a single metal Garter Star, the insignia of the Order of the Garter, the country’s oldest and most noble chivalric order.

All four were members of the order and St George’s Chapel, where the memorial chapel is located, is their spiritual home.

A stone slab engraved with the names of Queen Elizabeth II, her late husband Prince Philip, and her parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth has been installed in St George's Chapel in Windsor.

A stone slab engraved with the names of Queen Elizabeth II, her late husband Prince Philip, and her parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth has been installed in St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

The royal family released a never-before-seen image yesterday showing Queen Elizabeth II walking through the heather at Balmoral in Scotland.

The royal family released a never-before-seen image yesterday showing Queen Elizabeth II walking through the heather at Balmoral in Scotland.

Her Majesty was buried alongside her husband, Prince Philip, and her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.  Pictured: A stone in the George VI Memorial Chapel at St George's Chapel in Windsor, where the Queen Mother was buried in 2002

Her Majesty was buried alongside her husband, Prince Philip, and her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Pictured: A stone in the George VI Memorial Chapel at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, where the Queen Mother was buried in 2002

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is lowered below St George's Chapel in Windsor during her burial service on Monday afternoon.

Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is lowered below St George’s Chapel in Windsor during her burial service on Monday afternoon.

The humble stone annex, which can be seen through a metal door inside St George’s Chapel, also contains the ashes of the late monarch’s sister, Margaret.

The public will be able to see the Queen’s final resting place from next week, but will have to pay for the privilege, it may be revealed.

The chapel, which is currently closed for the royal morning period, will reopen to visitors on Thursday 29 September as part of a general tour of Windsor Castle, costing up to £28.50 for adults and £15 .50 for children.

The castle is only open five days a week, Thursday through Monday, but St. George’s Chapel is closed to the public on Sundays as it is a living place of worship.

Tours of the castle are run by the Royal Collection Trust (RCT), a registered charity and a department of the Royal Household. The Royal Family does not keep the benefits.

The income generated from tickets and other commercial activities is used for the upkeep of the Royal Collection, one of the largest and most important art collections in the world and one of the last major European royal collections to remain intact.

Containing thousands of works of art and antiquities, the collection is not owned by the King as a private individual, but is held in trust by the sovereign for his successors and the nation.

Its treasures are spread across some 15 royal residences and former residences across the UK, most of which are open to the public on a regular basis.

However, it may come as a surprise that those who wish to see the Queen’s resting place and pay their respects have to pay to do so.

However, sources stressed that the RCT is a charity and suffered a £30m shortfall as a result of the pandemic.

There are also likely to be concerns that St. George’s Chapel may be overrun by mourners, particularly as the family memorial is so small and visitors can only look at it through a small metal gate.

With 250,000 supporters queuing for up to 14 hours to see the Queen in bed, Windsor staff could face long queues and bottlenecks.

A private service, due to start at 7.30pm, took place last night away from public view where King Charles buried his mother the Queen.  This rarely seen image from 1947 was released last night.

A private service, due to start at 7.30pm, took place last night away from public view where King Charles buried his mother the Queen. This rarely seen image from 1947 was released last night.

King Charles III places the camp color of the Queen's Company of the Grenadier Guards on Her Majesty's coffin at Monday's burial service.

King Charles III places the camp color of the Queen’s Company of the Grenadier Guards on Her Majesty’s coffin at Monday’s burial service.

The new monarch wept as he said goodbye to his mother at Monday afternoon's funeral at St George's Chapel in Windsor.

The new monarch wept as he said goodbye to his mother at Monday afternoon’s funeral at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

Members of the public threw flowers and bouquets that covered the royal hearse as the Queen arrived in Windsor on Monday afternoon.

Members of the public threw flowers and bouquets that covered the royal hearse as the Queen arrived in Windsor on Monday afternoon.

However, an RCT spokesperson stressed that only a limited number of castle tickets are sold each day in 15-minute time slots.

George VI died in February 1952 at the age of just 56, a moment the queen always privately recalled at her Sandringham estate. Her mother passed away at the age of 101 in March 2002. Queen Ella lost her sister, Princess Margaret, the previous month at the age of 71.

King George’s coffin had originally been placed in the Royal Vault. But since it was his wish to rest in his own chapel with his beloved wife, his eldest daughter built a memorial chapel named after him in 1969.

His resting place was marked by a black ledger inscribed King George VI 1895-1952 and Elizabeth 1900-2002 in gold letters. Margaret’s ashes were initially placed in the Royal Vault, before being moved to the memorial chapel when the Queen Mother died weeks later.

After a historic state funeral in London and a commitment ceremony in Windsor on Monday, the late queen’s coffin was lowered into the vault but was later raised again along with that of Prince Philip, who died last April at the age of 99 years.

His remains were then interred in the small family memorial annex built on the north side of St. George’s Chapel.

Their coffins were gently lowered 18 feet to be placed one on top of the other, supported by a metal frame, inside the 10-foot-by-14-foot chamber.

An RCT spokesman said visitors would not be allowed to bring flowers inside the castle.

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