Noble in Black: First picture of Queen’s tombstone revealed

Classy in black
First picture of Queen’s tombstone revealed

The late Queen has been buried for a few days. Now a photo of the tombstone is published for the first time. Not only the name and the life dates of the queen were noted on them.

A few days before Windsor Castle reopens to visitors, an image of the new tombstone 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.

Brass 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 middle is the coat of arms of the Order of the Garter, to which all four royals belonged. The photograph shows the tomb surrounded by wreaths of flowers in the small memorial chapel of King George VI in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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

Queen to get statue

Demands for a statue for the late Queen Elizabeth II were raised in the British Parliament on Thursday. Conservative MP John Hayes proposed the location of a previously empty plinth in London’s central Trafalgar Square. The MP cited 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 the state funeral on Monday. Queen’s grandson Prince William and his wife Princess Kate thanked 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 taken part in the Queen’s funeral procession in the southern English port of Portsmouth. Anne’s brother Prince Edward traveled to Estonia where he thanked British troops for their service to the Queen.

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