Queen's name added to stone ledger at Windsor Castle chapel

New stone inscribed with names of the queen, Prince Philip, and her mother and father at George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor Castle

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The queen’s name has been inscribed on the ledger stone in the chapel at Windsor Castle where she is buried, alongside those of her mother, father and husband.

After a private service attended by King Charles and the royal family, which followed her state funeral at Westminster Abbey and committal service in Windsor, the late monarch was laid to rest with the Duke of Edinburgh on Monday evening.

The inscription on the ledger stone in the George VI Memorial Chapel now has the names of the queen, her parents and Prince Philip, along with their years of birth and death, Buckingham Palace said.

The stone, which is new, replaces the black stone slab set into the floor that featured the names George VI and Elizabeth in gold lettering.

It now contains, in list form, “George VI 1895-1952” and “Elizabeth 1900-2002”, followed by a metal garter star, then “Elizabeth II 1926-2022” and “Philip 1921-2021”.

All four royals were members of the Order of the Garter, which has St George’s Chapel as its spiritual home.

When Prince Philip died 17 months ago, his coffin was interred in the Royal Vault of St George’s, ready to be moved to the memorial chapel — a pale stone annexe added to the north side of the building behind the North Quire Aisle in 1969 — when the queen died.

The George VI Memorial Chapel in St George's Chapel, Windsor. Getty Images

The queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, who died in 2002, was cremated and her ashes were initially placed in the royal vault, before being moved to the George VI Memorial Chapel with her parents’ coffins when the Queen Mother died weeks later.

Windsor Castle is closed to the public but will reopen on September 29.

King Charles is believed to have flown to Scotland on Tuesday with Queen Consort Camilla to grieve privately, as the royal family continues its period of mourning for the queen.

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He and Camilla were pictured in a vehicle that arrived at RAF Northolt, reportedly bound for Balmoral ― the estate where the king’s Scottish home, Birkhall, is located.

King Charles decreed on September 9, the day after the queen died following her 70-year reign, that a period of mourning would be observed until seven days after the funeral.

Members of the royal family are not expected to carry out official engagements, and flags at royal residences will remain at half-mast until 8am after the final day of royal mourning.

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They have been left bereft by the death of their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and at times their grief was palpable, with King Charles looking emotional and close to tears at the funeral.

He had travelled extensively in the days after his mother’s death, as he toured the UK in his role as the nation’s new monarch.

No date has been fixed for his coronation, but it is expected that, in line with royal precedent and because of the large amount of planning involved, there will be at least several months until King Charles is crowned.

In a reflection of the outpouring of love and grief since the queen’s death, it is estimated that about 250,000 people paid their respects in person by viewing her coffin as she lay in state in London.

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UK Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan said on Tuesday that her department was still “crunching the numbers” as to how many people had queued for hours to file past the coffin at Westminster Hall, but that she believed it was about a quarter of a million.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said it would provide the final number “in due course”.

St John Ambulance said that, together with London Ambulance Service ― both of which helped during the national period of mourning, including caring for those in long queues to see the coffin ― it had treated more than 2,000 people and taken about 200 to hospital, mainly because of existing health conditions, trips and falls.

Updated: September 21, 2022, 8:27 AM
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