The first picture of Queen Elizabeth IIThe final resting place of Windsor Castle has been revealed. The black Belgian marble slab that now bears Queen Elizabeth’s name and marks her grave in the King George VI Memorial Chapel was first seen this week by worshipers attending services, and a photo of the area was obtained by the Daily mail and can be viewed here. The new photo also marks the first time the late queen’s name is seen next to her husband Prince Philip‘s name, who passed away in April 2021.
Queen Elizabeth, who died on September 8 as the longest reigning monarch the UK has ever seen, is also buried with her parents, King George VI and Elizabeth the Queen Mother. As seen below, their names and dates of birth and death are engraved in gold at the top of the plate, while the names of their daughter and son-in-law and years of birth and death are now at the bottom. A metal Garter Star, the insignia of the Order of the Garter, separates the names. The Order of the Garter is Britain’s highest knighthood and was created by Edward III of England in 1348, according to the World History Encyclopedia. All four were members of the order.
A wreath specially chosen by Queen Elizabeth’s eldest son, King Charles III, rests next to the marble. The Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, who died in 2002, is also buried with their parents, although her name is not on the grave.
More than a dozen English and British kings and queens were laid to rest at Windsor, most of them in St. George’s Chapel, per Reuters. However, the Queen commissioned the King George VI Memorial Chapel, which sits next to the area where the church choir and clergy sit in St. George’s Chapel, in honor of her father, which is why the family is buried there. In 1962 she had the memorial chapel built.
The Daily mail spoke to the person who took the photo of the grave, and they said visiting the final resting place of Queen Elizabeth and her family was a “touching” experience. “It was very touching to see their names like this and to think of them forever,” they noted. “And I feel extremely fortunate to have been one of the first members of the audience to see this.”
Of course, King Charles was officially proclaimed king on September 10. “I am deeply aware of this great legacy and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty that have now passed to me,” Charles announced in his speech at the ceremony. Referring to the loss of his mother, he continued: “I know how deeply you and the entire nation, and I think I may say the whole world, sympathize with me in this irreparable loss that we have all suffered.”
After Charles, his and the late princess Dianathe oldest son, William, Prince of Wales, is set to inherit the throne. His children follow him, from the oldest to the youngest.