Queen Elizabeth II, the monarch of England, died at 96 after remaining under medical supervision at Balmoral. The queen moved from Buckingham Palace to her summer retreat in Scotland, where she most recently appointed Liz Truss as the next Prime Minister of the country after Boris Johnson had to step down over the partygate scandal.
Earlier in the day, Buckingham Palace put out a statement, “Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision”. This is a break from tradition as they are private about the queen’s health and don’t normally provide updates.
All of the queen’s family including her sons Princes Charles and William also travelled to the family estate near Aberdeen to be with the ailing monarch. Prince Harry was reported to be travelling separately but his wife Megan Markle did not accompany him.
There’s been some unfounded speculation that the queen suffered a fall, but there’s no mistaking that the monarch has been in fragile health ever since she cancelled a virtual meeting with the Privy Council of senior ministers at the last minute.
Truss had sent her wishes to the queen and her family during this trying time, saying “My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time”. Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said, “My prayers, and the prayers of people across the [Church of England] and the nation, are with Her Majesty The Queen today. May God’s presence strengthen and comfort Her Majesty, her family, and those who are caring for her at Balmoral.”
Prince Charles is expected to take on the queen’s responsibilities after her death and his wife, Camilla will be the Queen Consort. Earlier, it was reported that the British government has codenamed the event of the Queen’s death and funeral as ‘Operation London Bridge’ which includes a day of national mourning ten days from the day she dies.