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Queen Elizabeth II of England, 96, is under medical surveillance at Balmoral Castle, Scotland. After a medical examination this Thursday, the doctors have expressed their “concern for the health of Her Majesty,” Buckingham reported in a note. Lindsay Hoyle, speaker (President) of the British Parliament, interrupted the debate in the House in the afternoon to send a message: “I know that I speak on behalf of the entire House when I say that we send our best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen,” he said. Charles of England and her wife, Camilla of Cornwall, are already with her. Also Ana, another of her daughters. The other two sons of the monarch, Eduardo and Andrés, and Prince Guillermo, grandson of Elizabeth II and second in line to the throne, have landed at Aberdeen airport, in Scotland, after 5:00 p.m. William’s wife, Kate Middleton, remains in Windsor for her children’s first day of school. Harry of England and his wife, Meghan Markle, are on their way, according to a spokesperson for the couple. Elizabeth II has been staying at her summer residence for months and there she received on Tuesday the outgoing Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, and the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, to entrust the formation of a Government.
Rally at Buckingham Palace
Dozens of people have come to Buckingham Palace in London, despite the rain, to follow the evolution of the Queen’s state of health live. Image is by Neil Hall (Efe).
Who is with Elizabeth II at Balmoral?
Since Buckingham Palace has announced “concern for Her Majesty’s health”, the entire family of Queen Elizabeth II has traveled to Balmoral Castle, Scotland, to be with her. The first to arrive to accompany her were Charles of England, heir to the British throne, and his wife, Camilla of Cornwall. You can read the full information here.
what is known at the moment
- The doctors of Queen Elizabeth II showed this Thursday morning their “concern” about the state of health of the monarch.
- Of the four children of Isabel II, the princes Carlos and Ana, are already in Balmoral castle with her. Andrew, Duke of York, and Edward, Earl of Wessex, are on their way.
- Prince William is also expected to arrive. His wife, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, has stayed in Windsor while Princes George, Charlotte and Louis are at school.
- Enrique and Meghan Markle are traveling in the United Kingdom. According to the BBC and a spokesman for the couple, they are both headed to Balmoral. While Reuters says that only the Duke of Sussex would attend the castle.
- Leading political figures in the UK have been quick to publicly express their concern and support for Elizabeth II. “The whole country will be deeply concerned,” lamented Prime Minister Liz Truss.
- The Queen’s last public appearance was on Tuesday, when she received the new prime minister, Liz Truss, to task her with forming a government.
Two children of the Queen and Prince William have already landed in Aberdeen
The princes Ana and Carlos, two of the children of Isabel II are already with the Queen, while Guillermo; Andrew, Duke of York; and Edward, Earl of Wessex, are on their way and have already landed in Aberdeen, an hour from the castle where the monarch is. Different media, such as the Reuters agency, reported at 2:48 p.m. that the four children of Queen Elizabeth were already at Balmoral Castle, as well as Prince William. But both Guillermo and his uncles Andrés and Eduardo have gotten off the plane that has landed in Aberdeen shortly before five in the afternoon.
A plane with seven relatives of the queen lands in Aberdeen
The plane that has transferred seven members of the British royal family from London to Aberdeen, in the north of Scotland, has already landed, according to the BBC. It is unknown who these relatives are.
Aberdeen airport is just over an hour’s drive from Balmoral Castle, where Queen Elizabeth II traveled a few months ago and where she is already accompanied by her four children and Prince William, one of her grandchildren.
The speaker of the British Parliament speaks about the health of Queen Elizabeth II in Parliament
Lindsay Hoyle, speaker (president) of the British Parliament, has interrupted the debate in the Chamber to send a message with her best wishes to the Queen. “I know I speak for the entire House when I say that we send our best wishes to Her Majesty Her Queen,” Hoyle said.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair shows ‘deep concern’
The organization of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has issued a statement after learning of the monarch’s delicate state of health: “It is deeply worrying to hear today’s news from Buckingham Palace. My thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty the Queen and her family at this worrying time.”
The importance of Balmoral
Isabel II is in Balmoral, in Scotland, where she spends the summer season. It is a castle in the Scottish Highlands, where the current queen has spent the summer with her parents and her sister Margaret since she was a child, since it is owned by the British royal family: Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, bought it in 1852, along with his estate, from 20,000 hectares, and has since belonged to the Windsors. There the monarch receives every year the visits of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of her, they go out to hunt, to walk, to fish and to have picnics. In this Cordon Press image, Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh with their children Charles, Anne and Andrew at Balmoral in the summer of 1960.
Former Prime Minister David Cameron: ‘Deeply concerned by this afternoon’s news’
David Cameron, former British Prime Minister, has shown his concern about the state of health of the queen through Twitter: “Deeply concerned by the news this afternoon from Buckingham Palace. I send my sincere thoughts and prayers to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this time of concern.”
William of England and Kate Middleton have flown to Balmoral from Windsor
The eldest son of Charles of England and his wife, Kate Middleton, have flown to Balmoral from Windsor. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have left London and have just moved to that town (one hour from the British capital) and This Thursday is the first day of school for her three children, Jorge, Carlota and Luis. Yesterday the five of them went to the school, Lambrook, to meet the tutors and the headmaster.
In the photo by Jonathan Brady (AFP), Guillermo and Kate with their three children, from left to right, Jorge, Luis and Carlota, upon their arrival at Lambrook School on September 7, 2022.
The Archbishop of Canterbury dedicates his prayers to the Queen
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, -the most important figure in the Anglican Church of England after Elizabeth II, who is the main head- has also used Twitter to express his support: “My prayers, and the prayers of all the people of the Church of England and the nation, are with Her Majesty The Queen today. May the presence of God strengthen and comfort her Majesty, her family and all who care for her at Balmoral,” Welby wrote.
Harry and Meghan move to Balmoral
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, who reside in the United States, were these days in the UK to participate in events scheduled in advance, and this Thursday they were in Germany. They have also decided to move to Balmoral, as confirmed by a spokesman for the couple.
Sturgeon: “My thoughts and wishes are with the Queen and the entire Royal Family”
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has shown her support for Queen Elizabeth II with a message on her Twitter account: “We are all deeply concerned about the reports about Her Majesty’s health. My thoughts and wishes are with the Queen and the entire Royal Family at this time.”
Guard Passing Ceremony Canceled
A sign at Buckingham Palace announces that the traditional passing of the guard ceremony has been canceled this Thursday. The image is by Daniel Leal, from AFP.
Liz Truss shows her support for the British royal family
The British Prime Minister, Liz Truss, has written a message on her Twitter account to show her support for the British royal family in the face of the queen’s “worrying” state of health. “The whole country is deeply concerned by the news that emerged this afternoon from Buckingham Palace. My thoughts, and the thoughts of all citizens across our UK, are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time,” Truss wrote on her official Twitter account.
The four children of the queen are already in Balmoral
Prince Charles; Princess Anne; Andrew, Duke of York; and Edward, Earl of Wessex are already at Balmoral Castle to accompany Queen Elizabeth II. (Reuters)
Buenas tardes. Buckingham Palace has announced that “doctors are concerned about the health of Queen Elizabeth II.” Charles of England and his wife Camilla Parker Bowles have already arrived at Balmoral where the 96-year-old monarch is.
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