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What we know about the last hours of Queen Elizabeth II

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The most famous monarch on the planet, Queen Elizabeth II died Thursday at the age of 96, in her Scottish residence of Balmoral, opening a new era for the British crown to which she had dedicated her life.

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LQueen Elizabeth II died Thursday at her Scottish castle of Balmoral after what appears to be a deterioration in her state of health, so rapid that two of her sons and her grandson William were apparently unable to reach her bedside in time. .

It is 12:32 p.m. in London (1:32 p.m. in Belgium) when the first press release from Buckingham Palace, brief but alarming, informs the world of the concern of the Queen’s doctors, “concerned” about his state of health.

In private, however, those closest to the queen have been expecting the worst for several hours already, the British press reported on Friday. The sovereign had to cancel a meeting by videoconference the previous evening and, from 9:00 a.m., “the doctors knew that she had only a few hours left to live”, assures the Sun, when the Daily Mail evokes “a turning point towards the worse early Thursday morning”.

Those closest to him organize themselves urgently to go to the Scottish highlands. First, the heir Charles and his wife Camilla, who according to the press left Dumfries House in the south of Scotland at the end of the morning aboard the royal helicopter. At Balmoral, they reunite with Charles’ sister, Anne.

We do not know the precise time of the death of the queen, which occurred in the “afternoon” according to Buckingham. Prime Minister Liz Truss, officially appointed by the sovereign at Balmoral on Tuesday, is informed around 4:30 p.m. local time (5:30 p.m. Belgian time) according to her services, two hours before the official announcement.

If it is therefore likely that Charles and Anne were able to attend the last moments of the sovereign, this is probably not the case for her two other sons, Andrew and Edward, and Prince William. Arrived in Scotland in a Royal Air Force jet, they did not pass the gates of the castle, faces closed, until after 5:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. in Brussels).

Prince Harry, at odds with the royal family, arrives later, alone, when the news has already gone around the world. He is also leaving separately on Friday morning, on a scheduled British Airways flight.

Barely six hours separated the first press release from the palace from the official announcement of the death of Elizabeth II, the causes of which have not been revealed.

Declining health

The state of health of the 96-year-old sovereign had been visibly declining for months, in particular since the death of her husband Philip in April 2021. She had spent a night in the hospital last October for examinations including nature has never been communicated. The palace, since, evoked “problems of mobility”.

In the latest photos of Elizabeth II at Balmoral, taken on Tuesday, the appearance of her right hand, bluish, had raised questions. She appeared there smiling, upright but more frail than ever.