The Queen has been laid to rest at the King George VI Memorial Chapel

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The Queen has been laid to rest at the King George VI Memorial Chapel

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Queen Elizabeth II has been laid to rest following a private funeral service at King George VI memorial chapel.

The royal family gathered in London for the state funeral at 11am today (19 September), just over a week after the Queen's passing on 8 September.

A procession left Westminster Abbey to move Her Majesty's coffin to her final resting place at St George's Chapel, moving from the Abbey to Wellington Arch, on to Windsor, then to the chapel at Windsor Castle via the Long Walk for a Committal Service.

The Queen was moved from Westminster Abbey to her final resting place. Credit: Thomas Krych / Alamy Stock Photo
The Queen was moved from Westminster Abbey to her final resting place. Credit: Thomas Krych / Alamy Stock Photo

The congregation at the chapel included governors general and realm prime ministers, as well as members of staff who worked for the Queen. The Queen's actual burial service was private, conducted by the Dean of Windsor and attended only by her son, King Charles III, and other members of the royal family.

She has now been laid to rest in the royal vault of the small King George VI Memorial Chapel, which is also the final resting place of the Queen’s father, George VI, her mother, the Queen Mother, and her sister, Princess Margaret.

The earth scattered on her coffin has been gathered from the royal mausoleum at Frogmore, and she has been buried alongside her husband Prince Philip, who has also been moved to the memorial chapel.

The Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk, has been in charge of today's proceedings, having previously described the task of carrying out the Queen's funeral as 'both humbling and daunting'.

"An honour and a great responsibility, he continued last week, adding: "It is our aim and belief that the state funeral and events of the next few days will unite people across the globe and resonate with people of all faiths, whilst fulfilling Her Majesty and her family's wishes to pay a fitting tribute to an extraordinary reign."

The burial comes after members of the public were able to pay their respects to the Queen by visiting her during the lying-in-state period, when her coffin was mounted in Westminster Hall.

The Queen has been laid to rest alongside her husband, Prince Philip. Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo
The Queen has been laid to rest alongside her husband, Prince Philip. Credit: PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo

During the funeral, the crown jeweller removed the instruments of state, including the Imperial State Crown, the orb and the sceptre, from the Queen's coffin to be placed on the altar of St George’s Chapel. The instruments will later be transferred back to the safe keeping of the Tower of London.

The Lord Chamberlain, the most senior official in the royal household, also 'broke' his wand of office as part of the ceremony, signifying the end of his service to the Queen as sovereign.

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Topics: News, The Queen, UK News, Royal Family

Emily Brown
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