The late Queen has completed her final journey and reunited with her beloved Prince Philip at St. George's Chapel in Windsor on Monday 19 September.
Following the state funeral earlier in the day, Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's coffin was taken to Windsor Castle in a new state hearse for the committal service.
A congregation of 800 people including King Charles III, 73, the Royal Family, a realm of prime ministers, governors-general and mourners from the Queen's household from past and present gathered together for the historic moment.
The Queen's coffin descended into the Royal Vault as the Dean of Windsor read Psalm 103, ending with the traditional words: "Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul."
However, it was later retrieved with that of her husband Prince Philip's to be buried again in the King George VI Memorial Chapel. The chapel, which was built as an annexe behind the North Quire Aisle of St George’s in 1969, houses the remains of the Queen’s father George VI, her mother the Queen Mother and sister Princess Margaret.
The Queen's casket was interred with the Grenadier Guards’ Queen’s Company Camp Colour – a smaller version of the Royal Standard of the Regiment – which the King placed on her coffin at the end of the committal service. The Grenadier Guards are the most senior of the Foot Guards regiments and the Queen was their Colonel in Chief.
Only one Royal Standard of the Regiment is presented during a monarch’s reign and it served as the Queen’s Company Colour throughout her time as Queen.
King Charles and his siblings, Princess Anne, 72, Prince Andrew, 62, and Prince Edward, 58, are expected to have gathered as the black Belgian marble stone ledger that covered the tomb was lifted for the first time in 20 years. They then watched ad the caskets carrying their parents lowered down side by side.
Professor Aidan Dodson, author of British Royal Tombs, said: “No burial in the Royal Vault has been permanent for nearly a century.
“It’s more of a funerary waiting room. So, long after the TV cameras have been switched off, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will return to the surface before finally being laid to rest.
“Following a short ceremony, they will be lowered together and join her adored parents and beloved sister. This will signal the end of an era. She was the last of a breed.”
Her late Majesty's burial marks her reunion with her "strength and stay" Prince Philip, who passed away at the age of 99 on 9 April 2021. The pair had married for 73 years prior to his death last year, during the funeral of which she sat on her own due to strict Covid-19 rules.
The day started off with a moving state funeral, which was filled with prayers, hymns and reading that have captured the essence of the Queen, including an emotional sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury who called on the monarch’s famous saying, telling mourners that “We will meet again”.
Throughout the service, the 2,000 guests at Westminster Abbey reflected on Her Majesty’s life, not only as a monarch but as a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, leading to some particularly emotional moments.
Members of the Royal Family, including her "favourite daughter in law" Sophie Wessex, 57, Prince Harry, 38, and his brother Prince William, 40, as well as their spouses the Duchess of Sussex, 41, and Princess of Wales, 40, couldn't hold back their emotions as they all appeared to wipe away tears.
Meanwhile, the King appeared emotional and stared straight ahead as the congregation sang the national anthem while the Queen's youngest grandchild James Viscount Severn, 14, was seen being comforted by Mike Tindall, 43, and sister Lady Louise Windsor, 18.
The funeral was filled with special touches in tribute to the late Queen, including a series of hymns that had been carefully selected for the occasion based on their association with Her Majesty.
“Much of the music at today’s State Funeral was selected for its special significance to HM Queen Elizabeth II, and many of the choices also have a long association with Westminster Abbey,” the abbey posted on Twitter.
Among the hymns were The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended which Prince George, nine, was seen singing as he stood between his parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Meanwhile, his younger sister Princess Charlotte, seven, could be seen looking around from under the brim of her hat while the mourners sang The Lord’s My Shepherd – a hymn which was sung at the wedding of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the historic venue in 1947.
As part of the ceremony, the coffin was draped in the Royal Standard and carries the Imperial State Crown and a wreath of flowers containing plants from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House.
The plants had also been chosen for their symbolism. Among the selected plants were rosemary, for remembrance, and myrtle cut from a plant which was grown from a sprig of myrtle in the Queen’s wedding bouquet.
Also on top of the coffin was a note from King Charles which read: "In loving and devoted memory, Charles R".
Before arriving at the historic venue, members of the Royal Family looked united in grief as they made their way to Westminster Abbey as part of the main funeral procession.
Princes William and Harry put their differences aside to walk side-by-side too, alongside their cousin Peter Phillips. The trio were in the second line of the Royal procession, dutifully following behind their parents and the Queen's other children.
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