Funeral of Elizabeth II: five little-known facts about Windsor Castle, where the queen was buried


Great Britain and the whole world followed the farewell of Queen Elizabeth II . In a lengthy state funeral, the late monarch’s coffin was moved from Westminster Hall to Westminster Abbey. Following this ceremony, the coffin traveled to Windsor Castle , another royal residence, where she was buried in a private ceremony.

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After traveling more than 500 kilometers and receiving the respect of hundreds of heads of state from different countries around the world, the mortal remains of Queen Elizabeth II reached their final destination: the chapel in memory of King George VI, in the castle of Windsor.

It is an intimate site reserved for royalty located next to the famous royal chapel of St. George , where the largest number of entombed members of the crown in the United Kingdom is concentrated.

Even after the burial of Elizabeth II, the small enclosure will also receive the remains of Prince Philip of Edinburgh .

This emblematic castle of the British crown is located in the county of Berkshire, United Kingdom, and its construction began in 1070. In the days of Henry I of England , in the first years after its inauguration, the palace was inhabited by dozens of monarchs during centuries. Here are five facts about the imposing Windsor Castle.

1. Windsor Castle, royal residence

Windsor Castle was created more than 900 years ago and is one of the most emblematic establishments of British royalty.

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About 39 monarchs lived in this castle, including Queen Elizabeth II. It is located in the county of Berkshire in London.

2. The Chapel of Saint George

Within the grounds of Windsor Castle is the fine St George’s Chapel. In this Gothic-style church are the remains of the British monarchy. Its construction took place under the reign of Edward IV in 1475 and was completed in 1528 by King Henry VIII.

The small chapel where the remains of Isabel II will rest is actually a hermitage built by her order in 1962 , in memory of her father. For this reason, this annex is named after the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

The remains of Prince Philip of Edinburgh , husband of Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and who died on April 9, 2021, will be transferred to this enclosure .

3. The space where the remains of the monarchy rest

In the Chapel of Saint George are the remains of Prince Philip and 10 other monarchs. For example, the parents of Queen Elizabeth II, King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (known as the Queen Mother), and even her sister, Princess Margaret, are buried.

4. The castle was the scene of royal weddings and baptisms

The wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla of Cornwall was held there (on April 9, 2005), and that of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, PrinceHarry y Meghan Markle(on May 19, 2018).

The youngest son of Prince Charles and Lady Di was also baptized in the Chapel of St. George on December 12, 1984.

5. The Chapel of Saint George and the order of Jarretea

During medieval times, King Edward III founded the Order of the Garter , which is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the country. It has 24 members, who have their own seat in this church. Also, the king was inspired by the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.