King George VI Memorial Chapel, Windsor: Where Queen Elizabeth II is Buried


Inscribed with ‘George VI’ and ‘Elizabeth’ in gold letters, it is accompanied by the birth and death years of the late King and Queen Mother.

Princess Margaret, who died in 2002, was cremated and her ashes were initially placed in the royal vault, before being moved to George VI’s memorial chapel containing her parents’ coffins when the Queen Mother died just weeks later.

The princess wanted to be cremated because she found the alternative royal burial ground at Frogmore in Windsor Great Park too “gloomy”.

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Lady Glenconner – a lifelong friend of the princess – said in 2002 that the princess preferred the memorial chapel. “She told me she thought Frogmore was very gloomy,” said Lady Glenconner. “I think she would like to be the king of the late, which she will be now. There’s room for her to be with him now.”

George VI died in 1952 but was first interred in the Royal Vault and moved to the memorial chapel when it was built 17 years later.

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Where are other members of the royal family buried?

The Royal Vault in Windsor was created between 1810 and 1814 for George III, who died in 1820. He is one of three kings whose remains are buried there – along with George IV and William IV.

Other members of the royal family buried there include George III’s wife Queen Charlotte and their daughter Princess Amelia; George IV’s daughter Princess Charlotte; and Queen Victoria’s father, the Duke of Kent.

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King George V and Queen Mary of Teck – the grandparents of Queen Elizabeth II – are buried in the north nave of St. George’s Chapel.



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