Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin was lowered into a vault at Windsor Castle, her final resting place, on Monday after a day of inimitable pageantry that drew world leaders to her funeral and huge crowds to the streets to say farewell to a revered monarch.
The penultimate funeral ritual for the late monarch, who “peacefully” died at age 96 on September 8, was conducted at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Monday at about 5 p.m. local time.
Following a somber service led by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner, with prayers read by the Minister of Crathie Kirk, Chaplain of Windsor Great Park and Rector of Sandringham, the chapel’s choir went silent. Then, courtiers gently removed the orb, sceptre and Imperial State Crown and handed the symbols of sovereignty to the Dean, who symbolically placed them on the chapel’s altar.
A final hymn was sung, and King Charles III placed the Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin. The Lord Chamberlain poignantly “broke” his Wand of Office over the coffin, and placed the pieces there.
Finally, the coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault, as the Dean of Windsor read Psalm 103, including the emotional line, “Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul.”
A commendation was read, including the Garter King of Arms pronunciation of the styles and titles of Queen Elizabeth. The late monarch’s personal piper played the lament “A Salute to the Royal Fendersmith,” slowly walking towards the chapel’s the Deanery in the Cloister so the music faded away.
Later this evening, a private burial will be held for Queen Elizabeth in the King George VI Memorial Chapel later that evening, conducted by the Dean of Windsor.
Queen Elizabeth will be buried beside Prince Philip — her beloved husband of 73 years, who died in April 2021 at age 99 — and near her sister, Princess Margaret, and parents, King George VI and the Queen Mother.