The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II was lowered Monday afternoon into the royal vault of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the last public stage of her historic funeral.
Before the coffin was lowered and the national anthem was played, the heavy oak and lead coffin was stripped of the jewels that had adorned it since the sovereign’s death on September 8 the imperial crown, the royal sceptre and orb symbolizing the Christian world.
King Charles III placed a standard in the colors of the Grenadier Guards, of which the queen was colonel-in-chief, and then the Lord Chamberlain broke his staff and placed it on the coffin, a symbolic gesture to signify the end of his reign.
After ten days of national mourning marked by a huge wave of collective emotion, a private ceremony in the presence of the king and other members of the royal family is still scheduled for 7:30 p.m. local time.
The remains of Elizabeth II will be transferred, along with those of Philip, her husband who died in April 2021 and is currently in the royal vault, in the George VI memorial in the chapel, alongside the queen’s parents and the ashes of her sister Margaret.