The fresh stone now reads, in list form, “George VI 1895-1952”, “Elizabeth 1900-2002”, “Elizabeth II 1926-2022” and “Philip 1921-2021”.
The names of the first royal couple are separated from the Queen and Philip’s by a metal Garter Star, a tribute to the fact they were all members of the Order of the Garter.
The Garter, the oldest and most senior Order of Chivalry in Britain, was led until her death by the Queen and has St George’s Chapel as its spiritual home.
The new slab, made of hand-carved Belgian black marble with brass letter inlays, replaced the old stone following the burial of Elizabeth II.
The poignant photograph released by the Palace also shows a number of stunning floral tributes and wreaths.
The Queen reached her final resting place in the King George VI Memorial Chapel on Monday evening, after King Charles III and members of the Royal Family gathered at St George’s Chapel for a private ceremony which closed the day of her state funeral.
The burial also meant the Queen was reunited with her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip.
Following his death in April last year, the Duke was temporarily laid to rest in the Royal Vault under St George’s Chapel, only to be moved following the Her Majesty’s death.
The King George VI Memorial Chapel, which sits within the walls of St George’s Chapel, was commissioned by the Queen in 1962 as a burial place for her father.
It was designed by George Pace and finished in 1969.
The Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, who was cremated and temporarily placed in the Royal Vault following her death on February 9 2002, was also laid to rest in the small chapel after the Queen Mother died at the end of March that same year.
The release of the photograph comes just days before the Queen’s burial site will be open to visitors.
From September 29, members of the public will be able to visit Windsor Castle and pay their respects at St George’s Chapel every day with the exception of Sundays, when the church is open only to worshippers.
By that date, the royal mourning period will have ended and members of the Firm will likely have resumed their normal working schedule.
The Queen passed away on September 8 at Balmoral Castle.
After members of the Royal Family took part in a number of emotional vigils both in Scotland and at London’s Westminster Hall, the Queen’s funeral took place on Monday.
Following the hour-long service at Westminster Abbey, attended by more than 2,000 people including world leaders, friends and members of the public, the late monarch’s coffin made the last trip to Windsor for a committal service, attended by a smaller crowd counting British and foreign royals among others.
The emotional event ended with the removal from the Queen’s coffin of the Instruments of State and its lowering into the Royal Vault.
Despite not being expected to make any public appearance while mourning, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and the Prince and Princess of Wales all stepped out to thank either members of the Armed Forces or staff and volunteers who helped support the crowds or run the funeral-related events smoothly.
King Charles travelled to Scotland on Tuesday with Camilla, the Queen Consort, to rest for a few days while still dealing with the Government’s red boxes and his new daily duties as head of state.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK