Noble in Black: First Photo of Queen’s Tombstone Revealed

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First image of Queen’s tombstone revealed

The deceased queen was buried for a few days. Now, for the first time, a photo of the tombstone is published. Not only the queen’s name and life dates were noted on it.

A few days before Windsor Castle reopens to visitors, an image of the new headstone of Queen Elizabeth II and her immediate family has been released for the first time. The stone is hand-carved black Belgian marble to match its predecessor, the palace said.

Copper letters and numbers announce the life dates of the Queen, her parents, Queen Elizabeth (“Queen Mum”) and King George VI, and her husband Prince Philip. In the center is the coat of arms of the Order of the Garter, to which all four royal members belonged. The photo shows the grave surrounded by wreaths of flowers in the small memorial chapel of King George VI in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

On September 29, the royal residence will reopen to visitors, who can then also visit the tomb. The Queen died on September 8 at the age of 96 and was buried in Windsor Castle on September 19. The urn of the Queen’s younger sister, Princess Margaret, is housed in the same side chapel that is part of the large St George’s Chapel.

Queen to get statue

Demands were passed in Parliament on Thursday for a statue to the late Queen Elizabeth II. Conservative MP John Hayes proposed the location of a previously empty plinth in central Trafalgar Square in London. The MP called the “extraordinary response” from the people of the UK, saying it was a mixture of sadness and appreciation for a life of service to the country.

The queen’s relatives held official appointments for the first time since Monday’s state funeral. The Queen’s grandson, Prince William and his wife Princess Kate, thanked the volunteers and staff at Windsor Castle, west of London, for their dedication to the mourning ceremonies. Princess Anne, the Queen’s only daughter, met members of the Navy who had attended the Queen’s funeral procession in Portsmouth’s southern England harbour. Anne’s brother Prince Edward traveled to Estonia where he thanked the British troops for their services to the Queen.

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