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For 17 Months After His Death, Prince Philip’s Coffin Was Held in Vault To Be Buried With Queen Elizabeth

For 17 Months After His Death, Prince Philip’s Coffin Was Held in Vault To Be Buried With Queen Elizabeth

At the time of Philip's death, his coffin was taken to the royal vault, which lies beneath the chapel and houses the remains of King George III, who died in 1820, King George IV, and King William IV.

When Britain's longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth, passed away on September 8, 2022, at the age of 96, the entire world grieved her loss. Her death comes over a year after her husband, Prince Philip died on April 19, 2021. 

At the time of Phillip's death, his coffin was taken to the royal vault, which lies beneath the chapel and houses the remains of King George III, who died in 1820, King George IV, and King William IV, according to USA Today.

At the time, it was revealed that the vault would not be Prince Philip's final place, and that he would be moved to be near his devoted wife of 73 years, Queen Elizabeth when she passes. It was a protocol that the coffin of whoever passed away first would be temporarily stored in the vault so they could be reunited. 



 

Now, following Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral on Monday, September 19, the royal couple will be buried together, according to Heart UK

The vault, which is not really something that is publicized, is supposed to be a stone chamber where the coffins of Royal Family members are kept until the proper location for the burial is found.

In fact, King George VI spent 17 years in the vault before the coffin was moved to a tailor-made chapel. Similarly, Prince Philip's mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, lay in the vault for 19 years before being moved to Jerusalem in 1988.



 

Also, just like it was done with Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth's coffin will also be lowered into the vault after her state funeral on September 19, 2022. Her coffin will remain there until a tomb is built for her near King George VI and the Queen Mother.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip—who were married for 74 years—were dubbed the "most adorable couple" by Prince Harry in previews for the BBC One documentary Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers, and honestly, it is the truth.



 

According to PEOPLE, the Queen first met her husband in 1934 when she was a child. Five years later, they met for the third time when Elizabeth was 13 years old, and that's when she knew she was deeply in love with 18-year-old Philip. But, they'd have to wait another five years, if they wanted to pursue their relationship. The two lovebirds officially announced their engagement on July 9, 1947. Four months later, on November 20, the two got married.

The two remained married until Philip's death in 2021. Though they were apart for 17 months after his death, they have finally been reunited now. 

References:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2021/04/17/prince-philip-funeral-why-his-coffin-move-after-queen-dies/7269105002/

https://www.heart.co.uk/news/royals/queen/prince-philip-coffin-vault-buried-together/

https://people.com/royals/queen-elizabeth-prince-philip-love-story-told-by-royal-family-members/

Cover Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by Julian Herbert

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