Heartrending moment Queen's coffin is lowered into vault at Windsor to reunite with Philip

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Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin has made its final journey and the late monarch will be buried next to her beloved husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, Windsor. Tens of thousands of people lined the route through central London as the late sovereign was transported to Windsor Castle this afternoon, ahead of the committal service which took place at 4pm.

The Queen will be laid to rest in the King George VI Memorial Chapel during a third and final service, expected to take place at 7.30pm, after making the long journey from Buckingham Palace by car this afternoon.

At the Committal Service’s conclusion, the Queen’s coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault – the resting place of many past monarchs and where Prince Philip’s body currently lays. 

While the Queen’s coffin was lowered into the vault, the Dean of Windsor said a Psalm, before the Garter King of the Arms pronounced the styles and titles of the Queen. But the vault is not her final resting place as she will be relocated to the King George VI Memorial Chapel, on Monday evening. 

The emotional ceremony will be attended by the Queen’s closest family and friends. 

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Before she is laid to rest during the intimate and sombre service, a Commital Service, the second of the day, was carried when the Queen’s body arrived at St George’s Chapel earlier this afternoon. 

A smaller congregation of 800 attended the service, with proceedings conducted by David Conner, the Dean of Windsor.

People in attendance at the service were those with close official and intimate links to the Royal Family, including royal staff members past and present.

The third and final service, a private untelevised interment, is when the late monarch will be laid to rest in the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

Although the chapel is closed for the private ceremony, ordinarily it is open to the public, meaning members of the public can visit the Queen’s final resting place to pay their respects.

The procession taking the late sovereign to Windsor set off for Wellington Arch at around 1pm this afternoon.

King Charles III led the procession, followed by the other children of the Queen as well as Prince Harry and Prince William. 

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