The royal family releases a photo of Queen Elizabeth's final resting place

Publish Date
Tuesday, 27 September 2022, 10:01AM

The first image of Queen Elizabeth's final resting place has been released by the royal family - showing her returned to the heart of her family.

Surrounded by flowers and the names of the people she loved most, the photograph shows the new ledger stone installed in the King George VI Memorial Chapel in St George's Chapel where the monarch was buried on Monday after a state funeral in Westminister Abbey.

The stone, made of black Belgian marble, sits in the chapel which Her Majesty commissioned in 1962 as a burial place for her beloved father, George VI.

The brass lettering on the stone reads "George VI 1895-1952 / Elizabeth 1900-2002" on the top two lines, followed by a garter star and then "Elizabeth II 1926-2022 / Philip 1921-2021" on the bottom two lines.

The ashes of Queen Elizabeth's sister, Princess Margaret, are the only others in the chapel, her name marked on a separate stone nearby.

She became the first member of the royal family to be cremated since Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll in 1939.

The size of the chapel meant it was not possible for all of her relatives to be present during the burial.

The palace will not confirm details of the private ceremony, but it is thought to have been attended by her four children.

The late Queen's burial site will be open to the public from next week as Windsor Castle resumes its tours.

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