What will be written on the Queen's gravestone?

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With people up and down the country saying their final goodbyes to Her Majesty the Queen, today (19 September) will no doubt go down in British history.

The landmark moment has already attracted millions of mourners to the capital, and members of the Royal Family and world leaders gathered in Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II's funeral.

Following the service at Westminster Abbey, a 21-gun salute and a procession through the streets of London, Her Majesty will travel by hearse to Windsor. There, a smaller service will take place at St George's Chapel – attended by a more personal congregation of about 800 guests – and will include traditions symbolising the end of the Queen's reign.

In the evening, during a private family service, the Queen will be buried together with her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the King George VI memorial chapel, located inside St George's Chapel.

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Ahead of her burial, many royal fans have been wondering what will be written on the gravestone of the longest-serving monarch in British history.

What will be on Queen Elizabeth II's gravestone?

Despite her many achievements – such as serving on the British throne for seven decades all whilst parenting four children, including the now-King Charles III – the BBC reports that Her Majesty has opted for a simple inscription on her gravestone.

According to the BBC, the Queen's marble slab will be engraved: 'ELIZABETH II 1926-2022'.

What have other royals had on their gravestones?

Princess Diana

After her tragic death in 1997, Princess Diana was laid to rest in a memorial temple on a small island (called The Oval) on the grounds of her family's estate – Althorp House in Northamptonshire. The estate was bought in 1508 by John Spencer and Diana is said to have loved the grounds and the house.

The memorial temple – which is surrounded by trees planted by Prince William, Prince Harry and even Diana herself – is decorated with a black-and-white marble cameo of Diana, with her name etched across the top.

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Photo credit: Jeff Overs - Getty Images

It also features a quote from the former Princess of Wales: "Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life. A kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are."

King George VI and the Queen Mother

Like Queen Elizabeth II, her parents opted for a low-key inscription on their gravestones, which are also housed in St George's Chapel. The shared marble slab reads: "King George VI 1895-1952" and "Elizabeth 1900-2002".

Our thoughts are with all those mourning Her Majesty at this emotional time.

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