What does Lying at Rest mean?


THE Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will take place tomorrow, Saturday April 17th, where he will be laid to rest.

Prince Philip will be able to rest peacefully in the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel after his funeral.

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Prince Philip died on Friday, April 9 after being married for more than 73 years to the Queen

What does Lying at Rest mean?

Lying at Rest refers to the period between a person’s death and being buried – often referred to being laid to rest.

For Prince Philip, his body is kept within his coffin in the St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

He will then be laid to rest in the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel until the Queen dies.

The Duke of Edinburgh will then be moved to King George VI’s – Queen Elizabeth’s father – memorial chapel to be laid next to his wife of over seven decades.

Where are people left to lie at rest?

After someone dies, their body will usually be kept in a morgue, or a chapel.

In most cases, they will be preserved at the funeral director’s morgue because they have the correct facilities.

They use refrigeration to help and the body will stay here until the funeral date.

How long does the Lying at Rest period last?

The Lying at Rest period can be anywhere from a few days up to a few weeks.

This all depends on when the funeral takes place, with them often laying in the coffin they will be buried in during that time.

For Prince Philip, he will lie at rest for eight days – which will also act as Queen Elizabeth II’s mourning period.

Prince Philip will lie at rest in St George’s Chapel before being buried