Forever by His side. Prince Phillip, her late husband, has been laid to rest beside Queen Elizabeth II.
“A Private Burial took place in The King George VI Memorial Chapel later that evening, conducted by the Dean of Windsor,” the royal website announced on Monday, September 19, in the official recap of the state funeral held hours earlier. “The Queen was buried together with The Duke of Edinburgh, at The King George VI Memorial Chapel.”
The burial followed a funeral service at Westminster Abbey in London and a committal service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. The final burial was closed to her family members, despite the presence of military personnel and world leaders.
The long-reigning sovereign — who served 70 years on the British throne — died on September 8 at her Balmoral Castle in Scotland at age 96.
“On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute,” Prince WilliamThe statement was made at the time. “So much will be said in the days ahead about the meaning of her historic reign.”
The Prince of Wales continued: “I, however, have lost a grandmother. While I will miss her, I am also deeply grateful. I have had the benefit of the queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade. … She was by my side at my happiest moments and she was by my side during the saddest days of my life. I knew this day would come, but it will be some time before the reality of life without Grannie will truly feel real.”
The former queen was very happy with her choice of resting place, as it was a fitting tribute to her relationship with the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh that spanned seven generations.
Elizabeth met Phillip for the first time in 1934 at age 8 when she was attending a Princess Marina and Prince George wedding. Five years later, the two reconnected at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth at the ages of 13 and 18. Their second encounter was the moment they fell in Love and began to exchange letters.
The couple were engaged in July 1947. They tied the knot in November 1947 at Westminster Abbey, London. They would have four more children. King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew Prince Edward.
“He is someone who doesn’t take easily to compliments but he has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years,” the former monarch said during a speech on her golden wedding anniversary in 1997. “And I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.”
Philip spoke out about what he believed was the key to forming a lasting bond between them. “I think the main lesson that we have learned is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient of any happy marriage,” he said while celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997. “It may not be quite so important when things are going well, but it is absolutely vital when the going gets difficult. You can take it from me that the queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance.”