After Queen Elizabeth II’s death, her name has been added to her family grave’s tombstone.
“A photograph is released today of the ledger stone now installed at the King George VI Memorial Chapel, following the interment of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth,” a Saturday, September 24, Instagram post on the royal family’s account read. “The King George VI Memorial Chapel sits within the walls of St George’s Chapel, Windsor.”
In the photo, the moniker of the late queen — who died on September 8 at the age of 96 — is etched on the gravestone above that of her husband, Prince Philip, who passed away in April 2021 at the age of 99. The ledger also features the names of Elizabeth’s parents: George VI and Elizabeth, who are buried in St. George’s Chapel as well.
The grave ledger, surrounded by several floral wreaths, sits beside one honoring Princess Margaret’s death. The queen’s late sister, who died in 2002, was cremated and her ashes were buried in the memorial chapel.
After the queen’s death, the royal family confirmed earlier this month that her casket would be “buried together” with the late Duke of Edinburgh.
Philip, for his part had died one year earlier from old age. His family — including the long-reigning sovereign, their four children and eight grandchildren — attended an intimate funeral at Windsor Castle at the time. The coronavirus pandemic had forced the memorial plans to be scaled back, so he didn’t have a state burial. Philip’s casket was eventually lowered into the Royal Vault on the chapel grounds without the fanfare of Elizabeth’s committal ceremony.
After Elizabeth’s own death earlier this month, Buckingham Palace announced they would move the late prince consort’s coffin so that he would be reunited with his wife after her own funeral. The late monarch — who is succeeded by eldest son King Charles III — was laid to rest in a Monday, September 19, state funeral. Members of the royal family and visiting dignitaries said their farewells during a memorial at Westminster Abbey in London and a committal service at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, England.
Later that evening, a private funeral was conducted by Dean of Windsor. Her loved ones were able to attend the service without the need for cameras.
Following the queen’s passing, members of her family have been candid about grieving the loss of the beloved regent.
“On Thursday, the world lost an extraordinary leader, whose commitment to the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth was absolute,” Prince WilliamOn September 10, he shared a statement via his official Instagram. “I, however, have lost a grandmother. While I will miss her, I feel so grateful. I have had the benefit of the queen’s wisdom and reassurance into my fifth decade. My wife has been blessed with twenty years of her support. My three children have got to spend holidays with her and create memories that will last their whole lives.”