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Prince Philip Interred In 200 -Year - Old Hidden Underground Vault


                      • Prince Philip

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The final goodbyes. The British royal family paid their respects Prince Philip
at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Queen Elizabeth II‘s late husband, who died on April 9 at age 99, was laid to rest with Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince Harry in attendance. 

The family dressed in black to mourn and wore face masks to keep themselves and others safe amid the coronavirus pandemic. The queen, 94, sat by herself inside the chapel.

The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral service saw the groundbreaking moment when
Prince Philip's coffin was lowered into
200-year-old vault below St George's Chapel at the end of his televised funeral service on Saturday.

Duke of Edinburgh Joined a range of kings and queens behind a set of iron gates.

Among the Royals there include George III, George IV and George V of Hanover
Others who are also buried there include Queen Victoria's father Prince Edward 
When Her Majesty's time comes, she will go to King George VI Memorial Chapel.

The Duke of Edinburgh's coffin was interred by electric motor beneath the floor of the quire at St George's Chapel in Windsor as the Dean of Windsor delivered his commendations


While the lowering of the coffin normally takes place in private, the poignant moment was broadcast in front of millions of viewers in a historic first for the royal family.   

The duke is now the 25th Royal in the 200-year-old vault hidden beneath St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The Dean of Windsor delivered the Duke of Edinburgh's commendation as his coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault

Members of the royal family watched as Prince Philip's coffin was interred by electric motor beneath the floor of the quire at St George's Chapel in Windsor.

As his coffin was lowered beneath the chapel floor on a catafalque, the duke's styles and titles were read out in full - including His Royal Highness, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich.




Royal Marine buglers sounded 'Action Stations,' an alarm that alerts sailors to prepare for battle, as Prince Philip's coffin, which was draped in his personal standard and carried his sword and naval cap, was lowered into the Royal Vault.

The inclusion of the naval call to arms, after the traditional bugle call of 'The Last Post,' was a personal request from the duke.   

Ahead of Prince Philip's funeral, Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, said the televised moment would be a 'unique in British royal history'.

He said: 'I think it will be unique in British royal history if the public get to see this on television.

'Clearly it's an intimate moment, usually only witnessed by the royal family.

'I think it will be regarded as too private. I think it is the sort of thing you might see at funerals in European countries, but not in Britain.'

The Duke of Edinburgh, who died last Friday aged 99, joined a range of kings and queens behind a set of iron gates around 16ft underground.
Among the notables already there include George III, George IV, George V of Hanover and William IV.

Others who are also buried there are Queen Victoria's father Prince Edward, George III's wife Queen Charlotte and Queen Mary's grandfather Prince Adolphus.

His coffin was lowered into the Royal Vault at around 3pm and will stay there until the Queen dies.

Others who are also buried there are Queen Victoria's father Prince Edward, George III's wife Queen Charlotte and Queen Mary's grandfather Prince Adolphus
When Her Majesty's time comes, she will join George VI and Queen Elizabeth in the King George VI Memorial Chapel 

Who are the other 24 buried in the royal vault below St George's Chapel?
Princess Amelia, daughter of George III (d.1810)
Princess Augusta, Duchess of Brunswick, sister of George III (d.1813)
Stillborn son of Princess Charlotte(d. 1817)
Princess Charlotte (daughter of George IV) (d.1817)
Queen Charlotte, wife of George III (d.1818)
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, father of Queen Victoria (d.1820)
King George III (d.1820)
Prince Alfred, son of George III (d.1782, placed in vault 1820)
Prince Octavius, son of George III (d.1783, placed in vault 1820)
Princess Elizabeth, daughter of William IV (d.1821)
Prince Frederick, Duke of York (d.1827)
King George IV (d.1830)
Still-born daughter of Prince Ernest Augustus, son of George III (d.1818)
King William IV (d.1837)
Princess Sophia, daughter of George III (d.1840)
Queen Adelaide, wife of William IV (d.1849)
Prince Frederick of Schleswig-Holstein, son of Princess Christian (d.1876)
King George V of Hanover (d.1878)
Victoria von Pawel Rammingen, daughter of Princess Frederica of Hanover (d.1881)
Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck, mother of Queen Mary (d.1897)
Prince Francis, Duke of Teck, father of Queen Mary (d.1900)
Princess Frederika of Hanover (d.1926)
Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge, grandfather of Queen Mary (d.1850, placed in vault 1930)
Princess Augusta, Duchess of Cambridge, grandmother of Queen Mary (d.1889, placed in vault 1930)
This was erected between 1968 and 1969 and is situated next to the north quire aisle in the building.

Near there is a slab of black-and-white diamond-shaped stones which is taken away for funerals to gain access to a lift.

Royals' coffins are taken down the shaft for about 16ft before going down a corridor and set down in the vault behind iron gates.

Earlier monarchs were laid to rest in Westminster Abbey, where they still lie in a royal vault under the Henry VII Chapel.

But it quickly filled up and George III was forced to commission a new one under the Albert Memorial Chapel in Windsor in 1810.

His daughter Princess Amelia, who died aged 27 that year, was placed in a temporary vault until the new one was ready.

She was followed seven years later by Princess Charlotte and her child before George III and his son the Duke of Kent joined them in 1820.

By this time there were 12 low tombs in the vault that were around 18 inches high and a few feet across.

Monarchs and their wives went in the centre and there was more shelving for others on York stone.

Next came George IV in 1830, then William IV in 1937, Queen Adelaide in 1849 and George V of Hanover in 1878.

The latter was Queen Victoria's cousin and ended up in the vault because Hanover did not want him.

Some royals chose to spend time in the vault to reflect on the life of their loved one.

After George III's daughter Princess Augusta Sophia was put there in 1840, it was reported: 'We understand that in the course of yesterday His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge and his son Prince George descended into the royal vault, and stayed there some time contemplating the remains of their deceased relatives.'

This process was eased when a stone staircase was put in behind the altar in about 1837.

Victoria is understood to have frequently gone in after the Duke of Albany died in 1884 - and was followed by others.

He stayed there until he was transferred to the Albert Memorial Chapel in the summer of 1885.

After he brother prince Francis of Teck died in 1911, Queen Mary said: ''The vault looks very nice now, and is well lighted and arranged.

Among the notables already there include George III, George IV, George V of Hanover and William IV. Pictured: King Edward II and Queen Alexandra in the chapel

The Duke of Edinburgh will join them all on Saturday afternoon before being moved to the King George VI Memorial Chapel when the Queen dies

'The King [Edward VII] lies on the stone in the centre for the present.'

But the storage problem reemerged in towards the end of the 1920s, with only about 24 slots left.

Queen Elizabeth's grandfather George V used land next to Victoria's Mausoleum at Frogmore in Windsor to build the Royal Burial Ground in 1928.

This has become the main place to bury royals, with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester among those there.

George V, George VI and Queen Mary went in the royal vault while George VI placed in his special chapel in 1969.

Prince Philip's mother Princess Alice of Battenberg, who was born at Windsor Castle in 1885, also went in when she died in 1969.

The Duke of Edinburgh joined them all on Saturday afternoon before being moved to the King George VI Memorial Chapel when the Queen dies.

The bodies of her parents, George VI and the Queen Mother, as well as the ashes of her sister, Princess Margaret, were interred there.

A reduced group of 30 friends and royal family members  gathered at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday to mark the death of the long-standing royal, at the age of 99.  

Ahead of the 3pm funeral, an order of service, crafted personally by Prince Philip, was followed.

It sets out the details of the 50-minute service, which  included hymns and readings chosen by the Duke. There was a a full nod to the Prince's naval heritage.

Philip was closely associated with the Navy for more than 80 years, having enrolled at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth aged 17. 

He served at sea during the Second World War - earning a mention in despatches for his bravery - and later held numerous honorary ranks.
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