Queen Elizabeth II buried alongside Prince Philip as monarch reunited with love of her life in final farewell

Queen Elizabeth II has been buried together with the Duke of Edinburgh at the King George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor

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Queen Elizabeth II has been buried alongside the love of her life, closing a chapter on one of the most remarkable reigns history has ever seen.

In an emotional day that perfectly combined grief, mourning and the celebration of a life well-lived, Britain and the rest of the world said goodbye to the monarch of 70 years.

With thousands descending on London to pay their respects, Her Majesty was given a send-off befitting of the selfless life she led.

Turning 21 in 1947, the then-Princess Elizabeth famously vowed: "I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong."

She never wavered from that promise and today's events beautifully summed up a collective sense of gratitude, felt not only by the country she loved but by dignitaries from around the world.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were married for 73 years
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were married for 73 years

The adoration shown towards Queen Elizabeth II on Monday will survive the annals of time as young and old came together to pay their respects to the former monarch.

In the presence of leaders such as US President Joe Biden and Japanese Emperor Naruhito, the world was unified in its grief on this momentous historical occasion.

King Charles III quite literally had the weight of the world on his shoulders, but stood strong and regal in a way even his remarkable mother would have been proud of.

And now, after 96 long years, we say goodbye.

In a private burial service conducted by the Dean of Windsor, King Charles and the Royal Family said their final farewells to the woman they knew as mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on their wedding day
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on their wedding day
King Charles III, although grieving the death of his mother, has been the picture of grace and dignity
King Charles III, although grieving the death of his mother, has been the picture of grace and dignity

Her Majesty now rests in peace with the late Prince Philip, the love of her life.

The couple met in 1939 – and their's is a genuine story of immortal love at first sight.

They married in 1947 and celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary before the Duke of Edinburgh passed away in 2021.

Describing him as her "strength and stay", Queen Elizabeth II's love for Prince Philip was all-encompassing.

Together, they formed one of the strongest, most loving and most powerful marriages in history.

At the Duke of Edinburgh's passing, Her Majesty's grief knew no bounds.

They are together again at last, just as she would have wanted.

Stricken with a combination of grief and pride that only the death of a loved one can trigger, the country must now move on from the second Elizabethan age.

It is time to welcome King Charles III to the throne with as much grace and dignity as he has shown in this most remarkable of weeks.