King Charles takes seat where mourning Queen sat alone for Prince Philip's funeral

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King Charles III was positioned in an historic seat during Queen Elizabeth II’s Committal Service. It is the same seat Her Majesty sat in during social distancing restrictions at Prince Philip’s funeral. The moving image of Her Majesty sitting alone in a mask went viral 17 months ago – and the spot is also where Henry VIII worshipped 500 years ago. It is positioned closest to the altar.

Queen Elizabeth II was lowered into the Royal Vault during the committal service at Windsor alongside Prince Philip – and the pair have now been buried at a private St George’s Chapel ceremony.

The image of Her Majesty sitting alone was shared around the world, with many pointing to her unwavering devotion to husband Philip.

The pair were together for 73 years before his death on April 9, 2021.

Prince Philip was 99 years old when he died. Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, 2022, aged 96. She was Britain’s longest reigning monarch.

Notably, the chair in front of King Charles at the commital was left empty.

However, this is to give the new monarch a clear view of proceedings.

The Queen’s final resting place is in the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main chapel where the Queen Mother and her father, King George VI, are buried, along with the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret.

King Charles looked emotional at the 4pm commital service.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury concluded the service with a blessing before the congregation sang the national anthem.

The service was attended by King Charles, alongside his siblings Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

The Prince and Princess of Wales were also present with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also in attendance. 

The official website of the royal family said a private burial took place in The King George VI Memorial Chapel this evening, conducted by the Dean of Windsor.

“The Queen was buried together with the Duke of Edinburgh, at The King George VI Memorial Chapel,” the statement said.

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