The death of Elizabeth II was not a matter decided at random, but quite the opposite. However, the last hours were hard at Balmoral, especially for the absent Kate Middleton, current Princess of Wales.
The plans for the death of Queen Elizabeth II had been decided for years and had been rehearsed often. The operation was codenamed “London Bridge.” On September 8, a year ago, it was launched without any errors. The queen, 96, was at Balmoral Castle, in Scotland, one of the most dear to her. Nothing foreshadowed the end in the previous days, although he had a medical team nearby. Two days before she died, the queen, leaning on a cane, without which she could no longer walk, she met with the new prime minister, Liz Truss.
She was the fifteenth person she had entrusted with forming the government. Isabel appeared with her glasses, very smiling, although she could perceive her fragility. She had a hard time walking and standing. Very thin, somewhat trembling, she sent herself and Truss off. It was the first time that a Prime Minister had to travel to Scotland for his first interview.
The queen, however, was well in her last days. She took part in a target shoot with her cousins Bowes-Lyons, her relatives from her mother’s side, Queen Elizabeth, with whom she dined afterward, without etiquette, and then watched television. She liked the weather news.
She also received a visit from the Church of Scotland Reverend Iain Greenshields, with whom she spoke about her husband, Philip, her parents, the future of the country, and, of course, horses. She even took a short pony ride. They were also sad days, because one of her favorite dogs, Candy, died as soon as she arrived at Balmoral.
However, the sign that the queen was not feeling well came the day after the interview with the Prime Minister, in the afternoon, when the Palace announced that Elizabeth II had postponed a virtual meeting with the Privy Council, due to medical advice. something worrying.
It seems that her condition suddenly worsened that Wednesday. No. 10 Downing Street, the seat of the Prime Minister, was alerted by Edward Young, the Queen’s private secretary. When the private helicopter took off from Windsor Castle before seven in the morning to pick up Prince Charles at Dumfries House in Ayrshire, where he had spent the night, everyone working at Balmoral knew that the queen’s end was near.
Carlos was the first to arrive at his head, at 10:30 in the morning. Camilla was driven from Birkhall, the residence of the then Princes of Wales near Balmoral. Shortly before, Princess Anne had arrived. Palace spokespersons began to inform the Government that the queen’s death was “imminent.” At 12:30 this morning, Buckingham Palace issued a statement: “The Queen’s doctors are concerned about Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she be under medical supervision. The queen is quiet, at Balmoral.”
But not all members of the royal family had arrived at Balmoral. At 12:50 p.m., the Palace issued another statement announcing that William, Andrés, Eduardo, and his wife, Sophie, were on their way to Scotland. At two in the afternoon, Harry and Meghan, who were staying at Frogmore Cottage, and were going to present some awards, announced in their own statement that they were also on their way to Balmoral. Two hours later, it was learned that Kate was at her new home in Windsor with her children, who had started school three days earlier.
Meghan was left out. It is said that Kate was not at Balmoral precisely to avoid Meghan’s uncomfortable visit, something that was very hard for Kate. Harry took off on his own account for Scotland, on a private plane, at five-thirty in the afternoon. The announcement that his grandmother had died, which was made at 6:30, caught him in midair. The queen, it was later learned, died at ten past three. Guillermo, Andrés, and Eduardo also arrived when Isabel had already died. The queen had died accompanied by Ana and Carlos.