The slab is hand-carved from Belgian black marble and features brass letter inlays reading the names of her parents — King George VI and Queen Elizabeth — followed by the late Queen’s name along with that of her husband, Prince Philip. A garter star separates the two royal couples, and the years of birth and death have been inscribed next to each name.
When the Queen’s husband of 73 years Prince Philip died in April 2021, his coffin was initially placed in the Royal Vault, set below St. George’s, where it remained until it could be relocated to the memorial chapel upon the Queen’s death. The ashes of the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret, who died in 2002, are also interred in the chapel.
Royal residences, including Windsor Castle, have been closed since the monarch’s death on September 8. But the general public will be able to visit the Queen’s resting place when the castle reopens on September 29.
Some areas within royal residences reopened to tourists on Thursday, including the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland, according to the Royal Collection Trust. However, Buckingham Palace’s summer opening of the State Rooms and Royal Mews will not return this year.
Additionally, special displays marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse will not reopen to the public, the trust added.
The photograph of the ledger stone comes a day after Buckingham Palace released a new portrait of King Charles III with the sovereign’s signature red boxes.
The image was taken by Britain’s PA Images and shows Charles at work last week.
“The image was taken in the Eighteenth Century Room at Buckingham Palace last week and shows His Majesty The King carrying out official government duties from The King’s Red Box,” the palace said in a statement.
The red boxes contain important papers from government ministers in the UK and from representatives across the Commonwealth and beyond.
“The documents are sent from the Private Secretary’s Office to The King, wherever he may be in residence, in a locked red despatch box,” it added.
In the background behind the new monarch is a black and white photograph of the late monarch and Duke of Edinburgh, which was a Christmas gift to the couple from King George VI in 1951.
The royal family are observing a further week of mourning after the state funeral at the King’s request. Charles III has now reportedly returned to Scotland with the Queen Consort to grieve privately.
CNN’s Lauren Said-Moorhouse and Christian Edwards contributed reporting.