The Queen has been laid in her final resting place beside her husband following a private service at Windsor Castle.
She was buried beneath the King George VI Memorial Chapel on Monday evening after members of the royal family said their last goodbyes.
Its walls were lit up by dazzling orange rays as the sun set in concert with the closing stages of what Charles called his mother’s ‘last, great journey’.
A small crowd had gathered outside the castle gates to pay respects as the service, conducted by the Dean of Windsor, got underway at 7.30pm.
As the Queen did when she buried her own father in 1952, King Charles is believed to have placed a handful of earth on to her coffin in front of loved ones including Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince William and Harry.
The intimate ceremony stood in stark contrast to the monarch’s state funeral, believed to be the most widely watched ceremony of its kind in history.
The monarch’s coffin was last seen by the world earlier on Monday at the Committal Service at St George’s Chapel, of which the King George VI Chapel is an annexe.
It was then lowered into the Royal Vault, where Prince Philip was laid to rest last year, joining past monarchs including King George III, IV, and V as well as William IV.
Elizabeth II was then relocated to the annexe, which she commissioned after her father’s death and where he was relocated upon its completion seven years later..
It is also the burial place of her mother Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and sister Princess Margaret, who both died in 2002.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin was moved with her so she could rest beside her husband of 73 years, whom she described as ‘my strength and stay’.
Palace officials shared a poignant photo of the five late royals posing together before George VI’s death, cueing a 70-year wait for them to be reunited agai.
A young Elizabeth – yet to become Queen – smiled at the camera sat besides her mum as Philip gazed over her shoulder.
Courtiers marked the announcement of the burial with a photo of a middle-aged Queen traversing a thick canopy of heather on a hillside near her Scottish residence of Balmoral.
‘May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest,’ the caption read, a phrase from Shakespeare’s Hamlet uttered when Horatio pays tribute to his friend, the Prince of Denmark, as he lies dying in his arms.
King Charles signed off his emotional televised tribute to his ‘darling Mama’ with the quote, which also featured in a choral piece by John Tavener performed at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997.
The Queen’s coffin was interred with the Grenadier Guards’ Queen’s Company Camp Colour, which was placed on top by her son at the end of the committal service.
The Colour is a smaller version of the Royal Standard of the Regiment, which served as the Queen’s Company Colour throughout her reign.
The Instruments of State; the Imperial State Crown and the Orb and Sceptre, which sat on the altar during the Committal Service, were buried along with the coffin.
Monday’s service marked the end of a momentous 10-day period of processions across the country following the monarch’s ‘peaceful’ death at Balmoral on September 8.
Timeline of Queen Elizabeth II’s life and reign
April 21, 1926the queen is born
Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born at 2.40 am at her parent’s home in 17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London. She was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
Elizabeth’s early years were spent between Piccadilly in London and at White Lodge in Richmond Park.
When Her Majesty was seven years old, her father King George VI brought home Dookie, a Pembrokeshire Welsh corgi.
She immediately fell in love with the breed, and is believed to have owned at least 30 corgis since then.
December 11, 1936Heiress presumptive
Elizabeth’s father becomes king when his older brother, King Edward VIII steps down. Princess Elizabeth becomes heiress presumptive.
april 21, 1942first public engagement
Elizabeth made her first public engagement on her 16th birthday by inspecting the soldiers of the Grenadier Guards.
November 14, 1948first child
Elizabeth gave birth to her first child, Prince Charles, at Buckingham Palace. Prince Charles is first in line to the throne.
August 15, 1950second child
Princess Anne was born in Clarence House.
June 2, 1953coronation
Following the death of her father the previous year, Elizabeth’s coronation took place in Westminster Abbey. She was crowned Queen Elizabeth II, at age 27.
February 19, 1960third child
Prince Andrew was born at Buckingham Palace.
March 10, 1964fourth child
At the age of 37, Queen Elizabeth gave birth to her fourth and final child, Prince Edward, at Buckingham Palace.
May 18, 1965First State Visit to West Germany
The Queen’s 10-day visit to the Federal Republic of Germany (or West Germany) was the first official visit there by a British royal since 1913. Her visit marked the 20-year anniversary of the end of World War II, helping to symbolise the reconciliation between the two countries.
During a royal tour of Australia and New Zealand, Queen Elizabeth rebelled against centuries of royal tradition when she took a casual stroll to greet crowds of people in person, rather than wave to them from a protected distance.
A ‘walkabout’ is now a regular practice for British royals.
June 2, 1977The Queen’s silver jubilee
The Queen’s 25 years on the throne was celebrated with Commonwealth visits and a public holiday.
June 21, 1982prince william is born
Prince William was born to Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales. Although William is the Queen’s third grandchild, the line of succession means that he is second in line to the throne after his father.
20 November, 1992windsor castle fire
A fire wrecks part of the Queen’s home at Windsor Castle. It destroyed 115 rooms, including nine State Rooms. The castle was not restored until 1997.
August 31, 1997The death of princess diana
The Queen’s daughter-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales, died on August 31 from the injuries she sustained in a car crash in Paris.
Tensions between the Royal Family and Diana were already tense following her controversial interview with Martin Bashir, and so the Queen was under close scrutiny following he death.
The Queen’s speech about Diana’s passing was broadcast live on September 5: ‘We have all felt those emotions in these last few days. So what I say to you now as your Queen and as a grandmother, I say from the heart.
‘I want to pay tribute to Diana, myself. She was an exceptional and gifted human being. In good times and bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, to inspire others with her warmth and kindness.
‘I admired and respected her for her energy and commitment to others, especially for her devotion to her two boys.’
Prince Harry recently opened up about the death of his mother and the toll it took on his mental health in the Apple TV+ documentary The Me You Can’t See.
November 20, 1997Golden Wedding anniversary
The Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary with a special garden party at Buckingham Palace for couples also celebrating their Golden Wedding.
February – march 2002tragic deaths
The Queen’s younger sister, Margaret, died from complications of a stroke on February 9, 2002. The Queen Mother also passed just over a month later, on March 30, aged 101.
June 24, 2002gOLDEN JUBILEE
To celebrate her Golden Jubilee, Queen Elizabeth traveled more than 40,000 miles in 2002, including visits to the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. She also visited 70 cities and towns in 50 counties in the United Kingdom.
April 21, 2007oldest ever monarch
Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest-ever reigning British monarch, overtaking a record set by her great great grandmother, Queen Victoria.
may 17, 2007Visit to the Republic of Ireland
Queen Elizabeth II visits Dublin in the first state visit to the Republic of Ireland by a reigning British monarch.
Elizabeth’s visit, during which she expressed her ‘sincere thoughts and deep sympathy’ for the victims of the troubled Anglo-Irish past, was widely celebrated as the beginning of a new era of friendship.
July 27, 2012The name’s elizabeth, queen elizabeth.
The Queen made a cameo alongside Daniel Craig as James Bond for the opening of the London 2012 Olympics.
In a short parody film, Bond actor Daniel Craig entered Buckingham Palace wearing his trademark tuxedo.
After a pause, Her Majesty turns from her writing desk and says simply: ‘Good evening, Mr. Bond.’
July 22, 2013Prince george is born
The Queen’s great grandson Prince George was born to Prince William and Kate Middleton. George is third in line to the throne.
His birth marked the first time since Victoria’s reign that three generations of direct heirs to the British throne were alive at the same time.
September 9, 2015Record-breaking reign
The Queen became the longest-reigning monarch in British history (more than 63 years), surpassing her great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
At the time the record was broken, Queen Elizabeth had reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours, and 30 minutes.
April 21, 201690th birthday
Queen Elizabeth celebrated her 90th birthday. The milestone was marked by a national service of thanksgiving, and a street party of 10,000 people along the Mall hosted by the Queen herself.
april 5, 2020televised coronavirus speech
Queen Elizabeth delivered a special broadcast in relation to the coronavirus outbreak.
In a rare speech, she acknowledged the grief and financial hardships Britons faced during the coronavirus pandemic.
Echoing the words of the Vera Lynn wartime song, she said that ‘we will meet again’.
March 7, 2021harry and meghan bombshell oprah interview
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey aired on March 7 in the United States, and the following day in the UK.
The couple didn’t hold back as they lifted the lid on life inside the Royal Family.
The Royals faced allegations of racism after Harry and Meghan claimed an unnamed member of the family made a comment about how dark their son Archie’s skin tone would be.
A source told The Sun that the Queen was ‘sad, not angry’ about the interview.
April 9, 2021Prince philip dies
The Queen’s loving husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died aged 99.
A statement from Buckingham Palace read: ‘It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
‘His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.’
Philip’s death certificate declared the cause of his passing as old age.
April 17, 2021prince philip’s funeral
30 guests including the Queen attended Prince Philip’s funeral in St George’s Chapel, in line with coronavirus guidelines.
The Queen sat alone as Covid-19 restrictions dictated that attendees had to socially distance from those outside their household.
The nation held a minute’s silence at 3pm to remember the late Duke of Edinburgh.
The Royal Family were reunited with Prince Harry for the first time since his interview with Oprah.
Harry and William were originally expected to walk shoulder-to-shoulder, but they were separated by their cousin Peter Phillips.
June 6, 2021baby lilibet
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle name their baby daughter after Queen Elizabeth.
Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor will be known as Lili for short, after the royals’ family nickname for the Queen.
Lili’s middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her late grandmother.
october 19, 2021golden oldie
The Queen politely turned down the ‘Oldie of the Year’ award, organised by chairman Gyles Brandreth for The Oldie magazine.
According to an aide, the monarch believes ‘you are as old as you feel’ and thinks she does not meet the ‘relevant criteria’ for the trophy.
Her Majesty sent a message back to the organisers of the prizes with her ‘warmest best wishes’, saying she ‘hopes you will find a more worthy recipient.’
october 20, 2021doctor’s orders
Queen Elizabeth had to cancel a trip to Northern Ireland at the last minute following advice from her doctors, who told her to ‘rest for a few days.’
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: ‘Her Majesty is in good spirits and is disappointed that she will no longer be able to visit Northern Ireland, where she had been due to undertake a series of engagements today and tomorrow.
‘The Queen sends her warmest good wishes to the people of Northern Ireland, and looks forward to visiting in the future.’
Her Majesty stayed overnight in London’s private King Edward VII Hospital.
The Queen was said to be ‘in good spirits’ when she left on the morning of October 21.
25 Decemeber 2021Queen gives emotional christmas speech
The Queen spoke warmly about Prince Philip on her first Christmas without him in seven decades, saying there was ‘one familiar laugh missing’ in her home.
6 February 2022Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II
6 February, 2022 marked 70 years since Princess Elizabeth ascended to the throne, becoming Queen Elizabeth II.
Plans to celebrate Her Majesty’s historic reign – which is tipped to be even bigger than the celebrations for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and could be watched by over a billion people worldwide – include a four-day bank holiday in the summer.
5 february 2022Her majesty says that camilla will be queen
On the eve of her historic Jubilee, the Queen released a message to the public, thanking them and also stating her intentions for the future of the Crown.
She said in the written message: ‘I would like to express my thanks to you all for your support. I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me.
‘And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service.’
6 March 2022the Queen leaves buckingham palace for good
Bucking years of tradition, Her Majesty decided to leave Buckingham Palace for good and make a permanent move to Windsor Castle.
Sources say the Queen enjoyed life with Prince Philip there during the pandemic and the couple ‘rediscovered the happiness of their early years together’ during this time.
It is believed Her Majesty came to prefer life in Windsor.
29 march 2022Queen stands by prince andrew at prince philip memorial
At the memorial for Prince Philip, the Queen showed public support for disgraced son, Prince Andrew.
It is the first time the Duke of York has appeared alongside the Queen since he settled his US sex abuse case, paying accuser Virginia Roberts a reported £12million.
Part of the plea deal was the agreement that no formal admission of liability or an apology was owed by the Duke of York.
21 APRIL 2022Queen Celebrates 96th birthday
Her Majesty marked her 96th birthday at Wood Farm, the farmhouse where Prince Philip lived after his retirement on the Sandringham Estate.
She celebrated her birthday privately, in the wake of her health issues over the previous few months.
JUNE 2 2022PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS BEGIN
Thousands of people descended onto the Mall as four days of Platinum Jubilee celebrations kicked off with the Trooping the Colour.
Royal superfans dressed up in red, white and blue to watch the Queen’s historic birthday parade, which ended in a spectacular flypast over Buckingham Palace, watched by the Queen and royals from the balcony.
June 2 2022BEAcons lit across the UK in honour of platinum jubilee
More than 3,500 beacons were lit around the UK and Commonwealth in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The 96-year-old monarch started the process when she pressed an orb-like button – The Commonwealth of Nations Globe – placed on a cushion in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
June 27 2022Queen travels to Scotland for first public engagement since Jubilee
The Queen travelled to Scotland with other members of the Royal Family ahead a week of traditional events.
Her appearance north of the border had been unconfirmed due to concerns about her health.
The 96-year-old had cut back on public engagements, including Platinum Jubilee celebrations, due to mobility issues.
July 15, 2022Queen visits hospice with Princess Anne during heatwave to open new building
The Queen braved the heatwave sun to make a surprise visit to a hospice with the Princess Royal to open its new centre
September 6, 2022the queen appoints liz truss as new PM
Liz Truss officially became the UK’s new prime minister after being invited to form a new government by the Queen.
Her Majesty was pictured shaking hands with the new Tory leader at Balmoral in Scotland.
September 8, 2022Royal Family rushes to Queen’s side after doctors raise concerns for her health
The Queen was placed under medical supervision at Balmoral after doctors became concerned for her health, Buckingham Palace said.
september 8. 2022queen Elizabeth ii dies aged 96
Her Majesty died with the now King Charles and Princess Anne by her side, bringing an end to her 70 years on the throne.
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