Despite the best efforts of senior royals, they reportedly did not all reach Balmoral before Her Majesty’s death. Charles, now King Charles III, and the Princess Royal, however, were already in Scotland at the time of the Queen’s turn for the worse, and were able to make it to the royal estate to be with their mother, according to royal sources.
Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, his wife Sophie and Prince William all flew in from Berkshire via private jet to Aberdeen yesterday. However, it is understood that they did not reach Balmoral in time.
By coincidence, Prince Harry was in the country as he was due to attend a charity event with wife Meghan in London last night. He raced to Balmoral, cancelling his attendance at the event, but didn’t arrive until 8pm – nearly an hour-and-a-half after the public had been informed of the Queen’s death.
Royal household staff were in tears after the announcement yesterday as they came to terms with the loss.
They arrived at Balmoral at 5.06pm in a Range Rover driven by William. While the time of death has not been confirmed by Buckingham Palace, it is thought they were not able to see the much-loved head of the family before she died.
The Queen’s death was announced at 6.32pm in a short black-edged statement from Buckingham Palace, which read simply: “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.”