Queen Elizabeth II had always been the pillar of her people. Most Britons recognized her as their only monarch as her reigning extended 70 years during which she helped shape the history of the country, all the way to World War II.
Her Majesty the Queen “died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the Palace announced. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
Britan was somehow aware that this moment was nearing as the Queen’s health was reported to be frail during the last period. She missed some events that had been already arranged and took a little break from royal duties when advised by her doctors to take rest.
On the day of her passing, media reported that Her Majesty was under medical supervision at Balmoral, Scotland, the castle she spent most of her summers at. As the news of her declining health spread, crowds started gathering in Scotland and her closest family was asked to be there.
Prince Charles, who will be crowned King of England, was in the country already, as well as his wife, Camilla, the Queen Consort, and Princess Anne.
The rest of the family, Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edwards, and his wife Sophie all arrived earlier in the morning of her health taking a turn for the worse. It is not revealed, however, whether any of them were present with the Queen at the time of her death.
Prince Harry was reported to have arrived in Scotland shortly after the news of the Queen’s death was made public. He was spotted making his way to Balmoral in a black SUV, covering half his face with his hand, understandably not wanting to be photographed.
He traveled all by himself, without Meghan accompanying him, although she has already been in England at the time as she and Harry were expected to attend the WellChild Awards in London.
Reports are that the family wanted Harry to see his grandmother following the news of doctors’ concerns for her health.
“It’s understood that the family wanted Prince Harry to be there, even though he was unable to get to Balmoral in time to see his grandmother,” royal expert Katie Nicholl told ET.
“But Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, was not, we understand, invited to join the family,” Nicholl added. “She has said she will go to Balmoral another time. But I think it is quite significant that Prince Harry traveled to Balmoral on his own without his wife.”
King Charles spoke of the great loss of Queen Elizabeth as his mother and a ruler of the country.
“The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” the new king said.
“We mourn profoundly the passing 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,” the statement continued. “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,” it continued, as reported by The New York Post.
Queen Elizabeth’s passing represents the end of an era. May she rest in peace.
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