The Queen has been laid to rest with her late husband, father, mother and sister in a private burial service in the King George VI Memorial Chapel of St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
A televised committal service in the chapel late Monday afternoon was attended by around 800 guests, conducted by the dean of Windsor, and accompanied by a blessing from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The service included a tradition to show the Queen’s reign has come to an end – the Imperial State Crown, the orb and sceptre from the top of her coffin were removed. It was then replaced by the King with the monarch’s flag, which has been buried with the late monarch.
The Lord Chamberlain also snapped his wand of office and put it on the coffin, a signal that his service to the Queen’s (as the most senior official in the royal household) had drawn to a close.
The emotional ceremony concluded by lowering the Queen’s coffin 16ft into the royal vault, in St George’s Chapel of Windsor Castle. The sovereign’s piper played and attendees sang God Save the King during the sombre service.
The royal vault dates back to the 15th century, and it’s where most royal coffins are kept before being transferred to their final burial place.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin has been kept in the vault since his funeral last year so that he could be buried alongside his wife, the Queen.
The private burial service for the Queen took place on Monday evening at 7.30pm. This final ceremony was not televised and only the King and the royal family attended – it was conducted by David Conner, the Dean of Windsor.
As the Queen did when she buried her own father in 1952, King Charles will have dropped a handful of earth on to her coffin during the private service.
The Queen is being buried next to her late husband Prince Philip, who died in 2021, her parents, King George VI and the Queen Mother, and her sister Princess Margaret, in the George VI Memorial Chapel.
Although much of the Queen’s state funeral took place in London’s Westminster Abbey, her funeral procession left London this afternoon.
The King and other royal family members joined the procession once it reached Windsor Castle, and walked behind the coffin as it proceeded to the chapel.
The late monarch’s state funeral was the first one seen in the UK since Winston Churchill’s death in 1965.
Leaders from around the world came to London to pay their respects to the Queen.
The British public were also keen to say goodbye. Thousands lined the streets during the funeral procession, both in London and in Windsor.
A queue of historic size (around five miles in length) snaked across the capital to see the Queen when she was lying in state in Westminster Hall between Wednesday afternoon and Monday morning.
This period of national mourning comes to a close on Monday evening, 11 days after the Queen’s death was announced.
In King George VI memorial chapel, the Queen’s marble slab will be engraved: ELIZABETH II 1926 – 2022.