Late Prince Philip , Duke of Edinburgh ‘s body will now be removed from where it has been kept since his death in 2021, and taken to where the Queen’s body will be laid to rest.
In 2021 Philip’s body was lowered 15 feet into the 200-year-old Royal Vault beneath St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle where it has remained to date.
This was just a temporary resting place to await the death of the Queen one day. Traditionally as a consort of the Queen , Philip always had to be two paces behind the Queen.
There’s a very specific reason: the Orders of Precedence. The Queen always took the lead. And this applies in death too.
The volt at King George VI memorial chapel not far away had already been earmarked as the Queen’s final resting place . It was built in 1810 and 1814, and houses the remains of the Queen’s father George VI, her mother the Queen Mother and sister Princess Margaret.
In the order of precedence, Late prince Philip body couldn’t be taken there before the Queen’s. Therefore his body had to be kept somewhere temporarily.
Now that the Queen is dead , Philip will also be transferred to the King George VI memorial chapel to lie alongside his wife of 73 years, so that they can be united in death.
Cc : Historian Odhiambo Levin Opiyo 🇰🇪
Cc : Theafricanhistory