Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sadly passed away on Thursday, just 17 months after her beloved husband Prince Philip, who died on April 9 2021.
After his death, the former Duke of Edinburgh became the 25th member of the Royal Family to be interred in the Royal Vault beneath St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The Royal Vault houses the remains of King George III, who died in 1820; King George IV and King William IV.
Philip was lowered into the vault, with his coffin placed on a marble slab after his funeral, which took place on April 17 2021.
However, this will not be his final resting place.
Where will the Queen be buried?
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The Queen will be buried in the King George VI memorial chapel, the resting place of her parents, George VI and Elizabeth (who was known as the Queen Mother during her daughter's reign).
Prince Philip's body will also be transferred here in due course.
The pale stone annex was added to the north side of St George's, behind the North Quire Aisle, in 1968.
It was built to commemorate its namesake — King George VI, the Queen's father.
There is a black stone slab set into the floor with the names of Queen Elizabeth II's parents in gold letters.
Queen Elizabeth's father was only 56 years old when he passed away in Sandringham from coronary thrombosis on February 6 1952.
His widow, Elizabeth, lived until she was 101, and died seven weeks after her daughter Margaret in 2002.
According to her wishes, Princess Margaret was cremated instead of being buried. Her ashes were kept at St George's Chapel.
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However, they were moved to the memorial chapel so she could be with her parents after the Queen Mother died.
Queen Elizabeth II will not be interred in the Royal Vault first, but will be laid to rest directly in the chapel.
The monarch will be accompanied by her late husband Philip, who she described as her "strength and stay".
The Queen and Prince Philip were married for over 73 years.
What is the Royal Vault and who is buried there?
The Royal Vault is located beneath St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.
It is over 200 years old, and was commissioned by King George III in 1804. Since then it has been the resting place of many British monarchs.
Currently, these members of the Royal Family are buried in the vault:
- Princess Amelia, daughter of George III – 1810
- Princess Augusta, Duchess of Brunswick, sister of George III – 1813
- Stillborn son of Princess Charlotte – 1817
- Princess Charlotte, daughter of George IV – 1817
- Queen Charlotte, wife of George III – 1818
- Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, father of Queen Victoria – 1820
- King George III – 1820
- Prince Alfred, son of George III – died 1782, placed in vault 1820
- Prince Octavius, son of George III – died 1783, placed in vault 1820
- Princess Elizabeth, daughter of William IV – 1821
- Prince Frederick, Duke of York – 1827
- King George IV – 1830
- Stillborn daughter of Prince Ernest Augustus, son of George III – 1818
- King William IV – 1837
- Princess Sophia, daughter of George III – 1840
- Queen Adelaide, wife of William IV – 1849
- Prince Frederick of Schleswig-Holstein, son of Princess Christian – 1876
- King George V of Hanover – 1878
- Victoria von Pawel Rammingen, daughter of Princess Frederica of Hanover – 1881
- Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck, mother of Queen Mary – 1897
- Prince Francis, Duke of Teck, father of Queen Mary – 1900
- Princess Frederika of Hanover – 1926
- Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, grandfather of Queen Mary – died 1850, placed in vault 1930
- Princess Augusta, Duchess of Cambridge, grandmother of Queen Mary – died 1889, placed in vault 1930
- Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II – 2021
The Queen's father, George VI, died in 1952 but was first interred in the Royal Vault and transferred to the memorial chapel 17 years later, in 1969.
His coffin remains covered by the royal standard that was used at his funeral.
The Duke of Edinburgh's mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, was laid in the Royal Vault for almost two decades.
Her remains were placed there from her death in 1969 until her burial in Jerusalem in 1988, according to the Daily Express.
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