On Monday 19th September, a state funeral will be held for Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey. After this, the coffin will travel in procession to Wellington Arch before travelling to Windsor where the Queen will be buried.
The Queen will be buried in the King George VI memorial chapel, in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. She will be buried with Prince Philip, who will be moved into the memorial chapel with her.
Since his death Prince Philip has been interred in the Royal Vault. What do we know about the Royal Vault? And who else is buried there? Let’s take a look…
Who is buried in the Westminster Abbey Royal vault?
The Royal Vault is a burial chamber located below St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The following members of the royal family are buried in the Westminster Abbey Royal Vault:
Stillborn son of Princess Charlotte
King George III
King George IV
Still-born daughter of Prince Ernest Augustus
King William IV
Prince Frederick of Schleswig-Holstein
King George V of Hanover
Victoria von Pawel Rammingen
Princess Mary Adelaide
Princess Frederika of Hanover
HRH Prince Philip
Who is buried in the memorial chapel?
Members of the Royal Family who are buried in the memorial chapel include the Queen’s father, King George VI, and Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, who died in 2002.
The ashes of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, are also buried in the chapel.
What do we know about the Queen’s coffin?
The Queen’s coffin was made several decades ago, however, Leverton & Sons, the undertakers who have worked with the royal household on the funeral arrangements, do not actually know much about its history.
The firm inherited the coffin from the previous firm of royal funeral directors, after they became undertakers to the royal family in 1991.
The Queen’s coffin is lined with lead, which makes it so heavy that eight military bearers are needed to carry it. However, the lead lining is necessary for keeping out moisture and preserving the body for longer.
Andrew Leverton, from Leverton & Sons, said that the coffin is made from English oak “which is very difficult to get hold of.
He said: “Oak coffins are now made from American oak. I don’t think we could use English oak for a coffin now. It would be too expensive.”