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King Charles and members of the royal family gathered to say their final farewell to the Queen as she was laid to rest next to her “strength and stay” Prince Philip on Monday night.

The funeral service was held privately in the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle, the royal family confirmed in a statement.

Her coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault 16 feet below St George’s Chapel after a committal.

King Charles stood with his closest family members for the hour-long service.

As many as 800 mourners filed into the Gothic chapel where the Queen stood a little more than a year ago to bury her husband.

Prince Harry and Meghan took their seats next to Prince William and Princess Kate, as well as their children George, nine, and seven-year-old Charlotte.

The service was led by the Dean of Windsor, with prayers offered by the Rector of Sandringham, the Minister of Crathie Kirk and the Chaplain of Windsor Great Park.

After the penultimate anthem, the Imperial State Crown, Orb and Scepter were moved from the Queen’s casket to the altar.

The King then draped the Queen’s Company Camp Color of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin before the Lord Chamberlain broke his baton, marking the end of his service to the Sovereign.

The dean said a hymn and eulogy as the casket disappeared from public view for the last time.

A lament was played by the Sovereign’s Piper and the Archbishop of Canterbury pronounced the benediction, before the congregation sang the national anthem.

The Queen’s coffin arrived at the palace after being carried in a hearse strewn with flowers thrown by her beloved subjects in a final procession.

The Orb and Scepter are removed from the casket at the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II, held in St George’s Chapel

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Thousands of mourners packed pavements across the capital and across Berkshire as Her Majesty was taken to Windsor following a procession from her state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

Crowds lined the Long Walk as another procession carried the Queen’s coffin to Windsor Castle.

While waiting for the service to begin, the congregation may have reflected on the fact that in this Gothic chapel, steeped in history, the Queen experienced some of her happiest and saddest moments.

And the castle, just a short walk up the hill, is where she spent most of her time in her later years.

During the Covid pandemic, the Queen was holed up in the old royal fortress with the Duke of Edinburgh.

Philip’s funeral was held when coronavirus restrictions were in place in April 2021 with numbers strictly limited and the final farewell taking place entirely within the confines of the castle.

The image of the Queen sitting alone in St George’s Chapel, socially distanced from her family as she mourned, became a of the defining images of the pandemic.

Funerals such as those of Princess Margaret and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, have also taken place in the chapel, which is in the lower ward of Windsor Castle’s grounds and is already the resting place of 10 monarchs.

The funeral of the Queen’s father, King George VI, was also held at Windsor. In May 2018, Prince Harry married Meghan Markle – now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – in a glittering ceremony.

Later that year, in October, the Queen’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank in another royal wedding showstopper.

Before the turn of the century, the Earl and Countess of Wessex tied the knot in St George’s in June 1999.

A few years later, in 2005, a service of dedication and prayer was held in the chapel after the marriage of the King and Queen.

It was where Harry was baptized and where his brother William, now the Prince of Wales, was confirmed.

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