© Reuters. Britain’s King Charles and Anne, Princess Royal attend the Funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey London, Ian Vogler/Pool by way of REUTERS
WINDSOR, England (Reuters) – On the finish of a state funeral watched by tens of millions of individuals the world over, Queen Elizabeth was being introduced dwelling to her beloved Windsor Citadel to be buried in a small chapel in a personal ceremony.
Initially constructed by William the Conqueror after the Norman conquest in 1066, Windsor Citadel has been rebuilt and remodelled over the centuries however is the oldest and largest occupied citadel on this planet.
Simply exterior London, it was the queen’s most important weekend retreat and within the later years of her reign her most well-liked dwelling.
An enormous hearth there in 1992 induced a lot harm, capping what the queen known as her “Annus Horribilis” (Horrible Yr), which noticed a string of scandals hit the royal household.
Windsor Citadel is the resting place of greater than a dozen English and British kings and queens. Most are buried in St. George’s Chapel, together with Henry VIII, who died in 1547, and Charles I, who was beheaded in 1649.
The queen might be buried on the King George VI Memorial Chapel, which is subsequent to the quire of the principle St George’s Chapel. She commissioned the memorial chapel in 1962 and named it for her father.
King George and his spouse, the Queen Mom, are interred there, together with their youthful daughter Princess Margaret.
A lot of the music for use on the service was composed or organized by William Henry Harris, organist on the chapel between 1933 and 1961. He’s thought to have taught the queen the piano as a baby.
The queen, then princess, and her husband Prince Philip had been put in as members of the Order of the Garter – Britain’s most senior order of chivalry – at St George’s Chapel in 1948.
Dwelling Knights of the Garter have banners displaying their arms hung within the chapel. These are taken down after they die, however a brass “stallplate” stays as a memorial.
Queen Elizabeth attended the Maundy Service, when cash is distributed to individuals who have finished nice work for his or her communities, on the chapel in 1959, 2016, 2018 and 2019.
St George’s Chapel hosted the funerals of Philip, the queen’s father, her grandfather George V, and great-grandfather Edward VII.
Her grandson Prince Harry was baptised there, and married there in 2018. Prince William, now inheritor to the throne, was confirmed there.
The coffin of Prince Philip, who died on April 9, 2021, final 12 months, has been saved in a Royal Vault in order that he might be buried alongside the queen.
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