Britain mourns the death of its beloved Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who died ‘peacefully’ yesterday, aged 96, at Balmoral in Scotland, after a remarkable 70 years on the throne.
Senior royals rushed to the Queen’s bedside but did not arrive at Balmoral in time for her death.
Only her eldest children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, who were already in Scotland at the time of the Monarch’s sudden deterioration, were able to reach the royal estate before her last breath.
Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, and Prince William all flew in from Berkshire via private jet to Aberdeen yesterday as they dashed to Balmoral to see her.
However, it is believed that they did not arrive at the estate before she died.
Kate Middleton is said to have stayed in Windsor because Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis started school today at Lambrook School in Berkshire.
Prince Harry, who was scheduled to attend a charity event in London with his wife Meghan last night, also attempted to arrive at Balmoral on time.
Meghan was also not among the royals who travelled to Balmoral. Prince Harry did, however, arrive at 8 p.m., nearly an hour and a half after the public was informed of the Queen’s death.
On Thursday morning, an official spokesperson said: “Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”
An official statement issued at 18:30 pm said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”