Queen Elizabeth laid to rest, remembered for 'life of unstinting service'

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, has been laid to rest next to Prince Philip, her husband of more than 70 years capping a day of pomp and ceremony that unfolded with metronomic precision and extraordinary detail.

Monday's rites began with 96 bell rings — one for each year of Elizabeth’s life — at Westminster Abbey, where her state funeral would be held.

More than 90 world leaders, representatives from dozens of royal families and members of the House of Windsor attended the large, initial service, which was followed by a procession to Windsor Castle along a route lined with dense crowds.

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That route led to a royal vault at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor, where the queen’s coffin was lowered before her burial, which the royal family’s website confirmed Monday.

There, at King George VI Memorial Chapel, she was reunited with her prince for eternity.

With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Charles instantly and automatically became king, taking the name King Charles III. Behind him in line for the throne is his eldest son, Prince William. Next are William’s three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. (A change to royal succession rules in 2015 removed male bias.)

Then comes Charles’s second son, Prince Harry — even though Harry gave up his royal job and moved to California. Harry’s children are next: Archie and Lilibet. At No. 8 is Prince Andrew, Charles’s brother, who is also no longer a working royal, though in Andrew’s case because of scandals. No. 9 is Andrew’s eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice. And No. 10 is Beatrice’s daughter, Sienna — who turned 1 on Sunday.