It will be placed on a marble slab in Quire and lowered into the Vault by an electric motor.
The Royal Vault in Windsor was created between 1804 and 1810 for George III, one of the three kings who died in 1820 and was buried there. Also buried in the vault, George IV and William IV.
Among those buried there are George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte and their daughter, Princess Amelia, George IV’s daughter, Princess Charlotte, and Queen Victoria’s father, the Duke of Kent. Princess Margaret, who died in 2002, was cremated and her ashes initially placed in the Royal Vault, then moved with her parents’ coffins to the George VI memorial church when Queen Anne died a few weeks later.
The princess wanted to be cremated as she also found the alternative royal tomb in Frogmore, Windsor Great Park, “gloomy.”
Lady Glenconner, the princess’s lifelong friend, said in 2002 that she preferred the princess’s memorial church. “He told me he found Frogmore too gloomy,” said Lady Glenconner. “I think he would have wanted to be with the King now, which he will be now. I think there’s a place to be with him.”
George VI died in 1952, but was first buried in the Royal Vault and the monument was moved to the church when it was built 17 years later.