The Queen's final goodbye to Prince Philip left on his coffin
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Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Her Majesty will be laid to rest with her late husband at the King George VI memorial chapel.
This is also the resting place of her parents and sister, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret.
Prince Phillip is currently buried in the Royal Vault but will be moved to join his wife.
After Prince Phillip died in April 2021, the Queen left a final goodbye to her husband that would be left on his coffin.
The handwritten note that was captured on camera was written on the Queen’s stationery.
Buckingham Palace declined to share the full details of the private card, with it appearing to say ‘In Loving Memory’ at the front.
The card was signed with an official royal stamp as well as ‘Lilibet' – the Queen's childhood nickname and now one of her great grandchild’s names.
The Duke of Edinburgh used to refer to the Queen as ‘Lilibet’ when writing letters to her Majesty throughout their marriage.
At Prince Phillip’s funeral last year, the note was placed among a wreath made of white lilies, small white roses and white freesia, which were picked out by the Queen.
Only glimpses of the special note were seen at the service which is remembered for the Queen looking an isolated figure due to Covid-19 restrictions at the time.
As well as the Queen’s note and flowers, The Duke of Edinburgh's casket was on show with his personal standard, sword, and naval cap at the special service at Windsor Castle last year.
Buckingham Palace announced the Queen had passed away today (8 September) following a previous statement where Her Majesty was described as ‘comfortable’ in wake of ‘medical supervision’.
Many members of the Royal Family have released statements to today’s sad news.
King Charles said: “We mourn profoundly the loss of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved Mother.
“I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.
“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held.”