The death of Queen Elizabeth II has caused grief around the world. The Queen died on September 8, aged 96, and Buckingham Palace issued a brief statement: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and Queen consort will remain in Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”
The tragic death means that the Queen’s son – now known as King Charles III. – will take her place as head of the monarchy, with one of his first business acts making a touching statement about his mother’s death. “The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of great sadness for me and all members of my family. We deeply mourn the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much loved mother,” he wrote in the message shared on the royal family’s Twitter. “I know their loss will be felt deeply across the land, throughout the realms and the Commonwealth, and among countless people around the world,” King Charles III continued, adding, “During this time of sorrow and change My family and I will be comforted and strengthened by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection bestowed upon the Queen so far.”
But the world still has many questions about the beloved figurehead’s death, including exactly what happened when Queen Elizabeth II died after 70 years of service.
Queen Elizabeth II had her son and daughter with her when she died
In news that will likely be a comfort to many, the Daily Mail claimed Queen Elizabeth II was with her son Prince Charles, now known as King Charles III. is referred to, and her daughter Anne, Princess Royal, died at her side. An insider claimed the pair were lucky to be there because they were already in Scotland when the Queen’s health seriously deteriorated while staying at her Balmoral estate. As for the rest of the royal family, it is believed that they were sadly too late to say their final goodbyes.
Among those who arrived at Balmoral after the death of Queen Elizabeth II were her other two children, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, as well as his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex and the grandson of the Queen, Prince William, Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, arrived separately about an hour and a half after the world was informed of his grandmother’s death.
Notably absent from the royal arrivals convoy was Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, wife of William, Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge, with Buckingham Palace confirming that she remained in London to look after her children, Prince George, according to CNN , Princess, to take care of Charlotte and Prince Louis. The Duke of Sussex’s wife, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, was reportedly not invited to join the royals, per Entertainment Tonight.
The royals didn’t stay long in Scotland after the Queen’s death
It seemed that following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the royal family had no intention of staying in Scotland for too long. The day after her death, September 9, the Daily Mail shared photos of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arriving at Windsor Castle in London, where his wife Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex is believed to be waiting for him. The Duke of Sussex’s brother Prince William, whose title was changed from Duke of Cambridge to Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge after the death of his grandmother, is also said to have returned to Windsor from Balmoral, according to Royal Editor Rebecca English. It is reported that the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge actually drove his family members, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Sophie, Countess of Wessex to Balmoral the day before.
As for her father, King Charles III, the Daily Mail shared photos and videos of the new king leaving Balmoral the morning after his mother’s death as he prepared to deliver his first address to the nation as head of the monarchy .
What happens when the royal family returns to London?
Of course, the days following the death of Queen Elizabeth II will be tough for the royal family, but they won’t have much time to mourn in private. According to ITV News, King Charles III. officially announced as the new head of state on 10 September at an accession council traditionally held at St James’s Palace in London. Daily Mail’s Rebecca English confirmed that Prince William, Duke of Cornwall and Cambridge is expected to attend the ceremony as he is second in line to the throne, but is not believed to be traveling there with his father.
Of course, the royal family will likely be spending a lot of time together as they and the nation remember the late Queen Elizabeth II. As the UK enters a state of mourning, there are some strict guidelines in place leading up to her funeral. It is not clear if any of her family members will accompany her body on its journey back to England, although BBC News reported that Queen Elizabeth II’s body will be buried in Scotland before being transported back to her home country to allow the public to do so allow pay their respects. It stays there for a day before returning to England, where the Queen is laid out for four days. Buckingham Palace is yet to confirm the date of her funeral, although it is expected to take place within two weeks of September 8th.