The Queen has been reunited with her beloved husband the Duke of Edinburgh, interred alongside him in the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

The King and the royal family gathered for a private burial service on Monday in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, following the Queen’s state funeral and committal service.

The tiny King George VI Memorial Chapel homes the stays of the Queen’s father George VI, her mother the Queen Mother and sister Princess Margaret.

When Philip died 17 months in the past, his coffin was interred in the Royal Vault of St George’s – prepared to be moved to the memorial chapel when the Queen died.

A statement on the royal family’s official web site said: “The Queen was buried together with The Duke of Edinburgh, at The King George VI Memorial Chapel.”

The statement said the burial service, which took place at 7.30pm, was performed by the Dean of Windsor.

A senior palace official had said beforehand that the service and burial could be “entirely private, given it is a deeply personal family occasion”.

The central function of the pale stone memorial chapel annexe, which was added on to the north facet of St George’s behind the North Quire Aisle in 1969, is a black stone slab set into the ground.

It is inscribed with “George VI” and “Elizabeth” in gold lettering and accompanied by their years of delivery and demise.

Princess Margaret, who died in 2002, was cremated and her ashes had been initially positioned in the Royal Vault, before being moved to the George VI memorial chapel with her parents’ coffins when the Queen Mother died weeks later.

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