Queen Buried Beside Her Beloved Prince Philip As She Completes Her Final Journey

The Queen has been buried alongside her beloved late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle.

It followed a service which saw members of the Royal Family sing hymns and pay their final public respects to the Queen after a day of ceremonies in both London and Windsor.

The lowering into the Royal Vault was the last time the Queen’s coffin will be seen by the public.

She was formally buried at a private event alongside her husband, Prince Philip at around 7.30pm monday.

When the duke died 17 months ago, his coffin was placed in the Royal Vault of St George’s – ready to be moved to the memorial chapel when the Queen died.

The Queen’s coffin will be 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 private burial service was also held at St George’s Chapel but no members of the public or cameras were allowed.

During the first service, the Imperial State Crown, orb and sceptre were removed from the Queen’s coffin by the Dean of Windsor.

The final hymn was sung as the King prepared to drape the Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin.

The Queen’s Coffin

Once in place, the colour was then accompanied by the Lord Chamberlain’s Wand of Office, which he symbolically broke.

The purpose of breaking the wand is to create a symmetry with the three Instruments of State that had been removed from the coffin – all of which symbolise the end of the Queen’s reign.

The simple service was led by David Conner, Dean of Windsor, who recited Psalm 103 as the coffin was lowered, which includes the traditional line: “Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul”.

The service ended with the Sovereign Piper playing the lament A Salute to the Royal Fendersmith from the doorway between the chapel and the dean’s cloister, with the music gradually fading away as he walked towards the deanery.

The Archbishop of Canterbury then concluded the service with a blessing before the congregation sang the national anthem.

The King appeared emotional as those in attendance at St George’s Chapel sang the national anthem.

King Charles sat in the same seat the Queen had sat in for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The service at St George’s Chapel came after a long procession from London following the State Funeral of the Queen.

The State Hearse carrying the casket was escorted to the castle by dozens of Grenadier Guards, in close protection around their company commander.

Behind them were members of the Household Cavalry and members of the royal family.

Many flowers, thrown by well-wishers along the route, remained on the bonnet and roof of the hearse.

The Long Walk to the castle was lined with members of the armed forces on either side, stood in front of the thousands upon thousands of members of the public.

Silence fell among crowds of mourners as the hearse turned into the Long Walk in the final stretch of her journey.

The Queen’s two corgis, Muick and Sandy, were waiting to greet their monarch in the castle quadrangle. The dogs will be going to live with the Duke of York.

Carltonlima Emma, the horse the Queen so loved to ride around the castle grounds, was also waiting at the side of the procession as the hearse passed.

Terry Pendry, who went riding often with the Queen, stood on Cambridge Drive holding the horse and bowed his head.

Earlier, hundreds of thousands of well-wishers lined the route of the funeral procession through the capital and beyond to say their last goodbyes, while millions around the globe watched the state funeral proceedings on TV.

The Queen’s coffin was placed gently into the state hearse before a sea of colourful military personnel, bands, and some cavalry gathered around Wellington Arch.

The transfer from the gun carriage to the vehicle took place in a still silence as the King, the Queen Consort and other senior members of the Royal Family stood to its side just metres away.

The King and the Queen Consort could be seen leaning their heads together to exchange a few words at one point.

Princess Charlotte, stood between her parents the Prince and Princess of Wales, clasped her mother’s hand.

The King and military personnel all saluted as the state hearse pulled away and the national anthem was played.

As the cortege made its way through the streets, roses and other flowers were thrown towards the hearse. Cheers and applause rang out among the packed crowds.

The King and his siblings walked behind the coffin as it left Westminster Abbey following the state funeral, while other royals travelled by car.

Noreen Roberts, who watched the procession in London after losing her friend on the same day the Queen died, said she had imagined them in heaven together after the coffin was borne along The Mall.

Ms Roberts, 63, from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, said she had felt the late monarch’s presence as the cortege passed.

“I definitely felt her presence today. It was nice to feel close to her one last time,” she said.

“For such a little person she had this huge presence.

During the service, the King was visibly moved and looked close to tears as the national anthem was sung in the Abbey.

Prince George was also comforted by his mother, the Princess of Wales, during the service.

In a personal touch, the wreath adorning the Queen’s coffin had a handwritten note, which was penned by the King.

The message said: “In loving and devoted memory.”

Around 2,000 people attended the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey, including members of royal families from across Europe, politicians from all sides of the political spectrum and world leaders, including US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.

King Charles and the Queen Consort walked immediately behind the coffin as it entered the Gothic church for the service, followed by the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, then the Duke of York, followed by the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte walked with their parents and were followed by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and other members of the royal family.

During his sermon, the Archbishop of Canterbury told the congregation the outpouring of emotion for the Queen “arises from her abundant life and loving service, now gone from us”.

Justin Welby described the Queen as having touched “a multitude of lives” and being a “joyful” figure for many.

He told mourners: “People of loving service are rare in any walk of life. Leaders of loving service are still rarer.

“But in all cases those who serve will be loved and remembered when those who cling to power and privileges are forgotten.

“The grief of this day – felt not only by the late Queen’s family but all round the nation, Commonwealth and world – arises from her abundant life and loving service, now gone from us.

The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel where her mother and father were buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.

Philip’s coffin will move from the royal vault to the memorial chapel to join the Queen’s.

Monday marks the climax of what is being regarded as the biggest security operation the UK has ever seen, surpassing the operation for the Platinum Jubilee weekend and the London 2012 Olympics, which saw up to 10,000 police officers on duty per day.

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