The 10 days of events and mourning for Queen Elizabeth II will culminate in her funeral on Monday, when the Queen’s casket is expected to be placed on the same green armored car that carried her ancestors for a final procession through the Mall, which runs between Buckingham. Palace and Trafalgar Square in central London.
The coffin will then be driven to Windsor Castle, about 37 miles west of London, where the Queen will be buried alongside her husband and royal predecessors in St. George’s Chapel. Located within the walls of the castle, the chapel was completed in the 16th century during the reign of King Henry VIII, whose body is also buried there.
For centuries, Westminster Abbey London was the burial place for kings and queens, but St George’s Chapel is the final resting place of almost all British monarchs since King George III, who died in 1820.
Prince Philip, the Queen’s husband for 73, was buried in the chapel in April 2021 after an intimate and muted funeral ceremony due to restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. Pictures of the Queen sitting isolated in the chapel, dressed in black and wearing a face mask, caused an outpouring of sympathy across the country at a time when members of the public were observing the same restrictions.
The Queen is buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel next to her parents, George VI and Queen Elizabeth, known as the Queen Mother. King George died in 1952, and the Queen Mother in 2002. It is also the final resting place of Princess Margaret, the Queen’s only sibling, who also died in 2002. Prince Philip was laid to rest last year in the main royal vault of the chapel, but will be moved to join the queen.
Steeped in history, the chapel was an important place of worship for the Queen and her family and was the venue for many royal weddings, baptisms and funerals. One such occasion was the May 2018 wedding of Harry and Meghan, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, an event celebrated by more than 29 million viewers only in the United States.
Megan Special contributed reporting