Her Majesty, whose life was celebrated during her public Westminster Abbey funeral and Windsor committal today, was reunited with her family tonight during a private burial service.
The late monarch, who died peacefully at Balmoral on September 8, aged 96, was laid to rest in the royal crypt at St George’s Chapel as her 70-year reign came to an end this evening.
Sharing the black and white photo on Twitter, the Royal Family account captioned it: ‘This evening a Private Burial will take place in The King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor.
‘The Queen will be Laid to Rest with her late husband The Duke of Edinburgh, alongside her father King George VI, mother Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and sister Princess Margaret.’
The Royal Family’s Twitter account shared a poignant image this evening, featuring the late Queen Elizabeth alongside her husband Prince Philip, parents, and sister, as she was reunited with her loved ones in death, as she was buried in the family vault in Windsor (pictured L-R: Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, George VI, and Princess Margaret)
Her Majesty’s coffin during the Committal Service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, as the Imperial State Crown is removed, signifying the severing of the Queen from her public service in death
During the committal service this evening, the Royal Family stood as the Queen was slowly lowered into the vault while the Dean of Windsor said: ‘Go forth upon thy journey from this world, O Christian soul.’
He also offered the commendation – a prayer in which the deceased is entrusted to God’s mercy.
Moments earlier the Dean had placed her crown and other crown jewels on the altar before the Lord Chamberlain snapped his staff of office – signifying the severing of the Queen from her public service in death.
The Garter King of Arms then pronounced the styles and titles of the Queen as all power moved to her son, the King, before the coffin was lowered to the lament of a lone piper and Britain and the world said a tender farewell to the late monarch following 70 years of service to the nation.
The Queen is laid to rest for eternity in St George’s Chapel in Windsor as her coffin is lowered into the royal vault following her state funeral at Westminster Abbey this morning
The Crown Jewels were poignantly removed from the casket to show that the Queen’s reign was at an end before it went down to the royal crypt
The Lord Chamberlain, Lord Parker of Minsmere, breaks his Wand of Office in a symbolic moment when power is transferred from the Queen
The Queen will be buried alongside her beloved Prince Philip and next to her parents George VI and Elizabeth (pictured: The grave inside the George VI Memorial Chapel), the Queen Mother, and her sister, Margaret at the George VI Memorial Chapel inside St George’s Chapel
The Crown Jeweller, left, removes the Imperial State Crown from the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as she enters the royal crypt as a ‘simple Christian soul’
The King looks moved as her mother is finally laid to rest during the service of committal
King Charles III places the the Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin at the Committal Service
King Charles III places the the Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin as she was about to be lowered into the crypt
The overwhelmed monarch then turned away as he said goodbye to his mother and her power and titles moved to him
Charles looked deeply moved as the Queen’s oak coffin descended to the crypt on a day where he appeared tearful on a number of occasions as he said goodbye to his ‘Mama’, the 12th British monarch to be buried at Windsor.
Her Majesty’s long journey to her final resting place – and to be reunited with the Duke of Edinburgh – began in Balmoral on the day of her death 11 days ago and ended with her private interment next to her ‘strength and stay’ Philip this evening where the King scattered earth on his mother’s coffin at a private family service.
She then travelled to England, where she spent a night at Buckingham Palace, before lying in state in Westminster Hall. This morning, she was taken to Westminster Abbey, before leaving London for the final time, to go to her final resting place, in St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
St George’s was where the Queen had sat alone during the funeral of Prince Philip last year – in one of the most poignant images of the pandemic – and it was where she had loved to worship for so many years when at Windsor.
Prince Harry puffs his cheeks as he and his wife Meghan leave the service
The Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (front row top) sit with other members of the royal family at the Committal Service
The Queen’s Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards banner lies on the Queen’s coffin after the crown jewels were removed
The Imperial State Crown rests on the high altar after being removed from the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth
Members of the royal family (front row, left to right) the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, James, Viscount Severn, the Duke of Gloucester, the Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, Princess Michael of Kent, (middle row, left to right) King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, during the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II at St George’s Chapel
King Charles III and the Queen Consort arrive at the Committal Service
It came on a day where up to 2million people crowded into central London to see the coffin after the state funeral at Westminster Abbey attended by 2,000 royals, heads of state and 200 members of the public.
Mourners covered the royal hearse in flowers as it travelled to Windsor from Wellington Arch this afternoon after the Queen was carried past Buckingham Palace for a final time.
Tens of thousands of people lined The Long Walk and applauded as the flower-covered hearse carrying the late sovereign’s coffin slowly processed towards her Berkshire castle, where she spent most of her final years before her death – including lockdown with Prince Philip.
Giving the Bidding, the Dean of Windsor, said: ‘We have come together to commit into the hands of God the soul of his servant Queen Elizabeth.
The pallbearers expertly carry the Queen into the chapel where she will be laid to rest
The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried from the hearse
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s funeral procession makes its way through Windsor Castle
Mourners watch the State Hearse of Queen Elizabeth II as it drives along the Long Walk ahead of the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen’s coffin head along The Long Walk to Windsor Castle ahead of her burial
The Queen heads towards Windsor Castle where she will be reunited with Prince Philip
‘Here, in St George’s Chapel, where she so often worshipped, we are bound to call to mind someone whose uncomplicated yet profound Christian Faith bore so much fruit. Fruit, in a life of unstinting service to the Nation, the Commonwealth and the wider world, but also (and especially to be remembered in this place) in kindness, concern and reassuring care for her family and friends and neighbours.’
Referring to a ‘rapidly changing and frequently troubled world’, the Dean praised the late Queen’s ‘calm and dignified presence’.
He said the monarch’s disposition ‘has given us confidence to face the future, as she did, with courage and with hope’.
Concluding the Bidding, he said: ‘As, with grateful hearts, we reflect on these and all the many other ways in which her long life has been a blessing to us, we pray that God will give us grace to honour her memory by following her example, and that, with our sister Elizabeth, at the last, we shall know the joys of life eternal.’
This morning the last of the 400,000 people to see the Queen lying in state paid their respects before she was carried on a gun carriage from Westminster Hall to the church where she married and was crowned as an estimated 4billion people watched on TV worldwide.
The Ceremonial Procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II travels down the Long Walk
The Ceremonial Procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II travels down the Long Walk as it arrives at Windsor Castle
Soldiers bow as the Queen approaches in her hearse
Brass bands from the Household Cavalry and pipers played on the Queen’s final, saddest journey
Extraordinary scenes in Windsor today as the Queen arrives to be laid to rest
The Queen will be buried with her late husband Prince Philip in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, where they will rest together for eternity
Queen Sofia of Spain (bottom), King Felipe of Spain (second bottom), King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (third from top) and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden (standing) at the Committal Service
Sarah, Duchess of York arrives at St. George’s Chapel
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and other guests arrive at St George’s Chapel
Queen Elizabeth II’s body arrives at her beloved Windsor
800 guests including most of Europe’s royals arrive at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle
The royal corgis await the cortege of their owner on the day of the state funeral and burial of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth
The Queen’s funeral procession passing through Runnymede with the streets lined with people watching the procession and throwing flowers
Huge crowds cheer the Queen and throw flowers in her path
In extraordinary and moving scenes, an estimated 2million well-wishers lined the streets to say farewell to Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Elizabeth II, with showers of bouquets greeting her hearse as it drove from West London to Berkshire
In extraordinary and moving scenes, the Queen left London as flowers were thrown at the hearse as she made her way to Windsor
People watch as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s coffin passes through west London
A person holds a rose to throw, as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s coffin is transported, on the day of her state funeral and burial
Queen Elizabeth II journey from Wellington Arch in London to Windsor was lined by thousands of people
King Charles III leaves in a car after the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was transferred to the hearse at Wellington Arch
Thousands of people fell silent, held their phones aloft and waved flags as the Queen’s coffin passed along the Long Walk towards St George’s Chapel.
The crowds, made up of people of all ages, who flanked the Long Walk, fell quiet as the sound of drummers in the procession grew louder. Children were lifted on adults’ shoulders and camera phones were raised in the air as people struggled to get a glimpse of the scene.
The Queen’s beloved corgis Muick and Sandy and one of her favourite ever horses made a special poignant appearance at Windsor during the procession.
The young dogs – one on a red lead and one on a blue lead – were brought out into the quadrangle by two pages in red tailcoats for the arrival of the Queen’s coffin.
And Emma, the Queen’s Fell Pony, had greeted the procession, standing on grass in a gap in the floral tributes along the Long Walk in honour of her late owner.
Emma and Terry were seen respectfully standing by the side of the Cortege around the Queen’s hearse as she arrived in Windsor this afternoon
Emma was wearing a black riding blanket adorned with the Monarch’s cipher as she and Terry waiting respectfully by the side of the road
Terry Pendry respectfully bowed his head as the Queen’s body arrived in Windsor for her Committal Service, while Emma stood quietly by his side
The pets, who were beloved by the Queen, turned up to show their respects during the procession to Windsor Castle this afternoon
Two of the Queens Corgis were watching today’s sad procession from the side of Windsor Castle, accompanied by two trusted aides