Queen Elizabeth II - latest: Queen laid to rest following state funeral ceremonies
The world watched on as Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest in a day full of poignant traditions
Following a day of state ceremonies and traditions, Queen Elizabeth II has been laid to rest.
Crowds gathered in London in the morning, to see the procession of the Queen’s coffin travel to Westminster Abbey, where 2,000 people, including family members and world leaders, attended the state funeral service.
Later in the day, the Royal procession made its way to Windsor Castle. A committal service was held in St George’s Chapel, in which the Queen’s coffin was shown in public for the final time before descending into the Royal Vaults.
A poignant day in front of the cameras and the eyes of the world was ended with the private family ceremony at Windsor Castle, where the Queen was buried beside her late husband, Prince Philip.
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Last updated: Thursday, 08 September, 2022, 17:00
Buckingham Palace says Queen ‘remains comfortable’
A spokesperson said: “Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”
Queen postponed Privy Council meeting
The Queen postponed the Privy Council meeting yesterday.
In a statement released by Buckingham Palace, a spokesperson said: “After a full day yesterday, Her Majesty has this afternoon accepted doctors’ advice to rest.
“This means that the Privy Council meeting that had been due to take place this evening will be rearranged.”
Royals travelling to Balmoral
The Queen’s family are travelling to be with Her Majesty at Balmoral.
Prince Charles, the heir, is at his mother’s side, while Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is on his way to Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The Duchess of Cornwall has also travelled to Balmoral, reports the BBC.
The Queen, who has reigned for 70 years, has been at Balmoral on a summer break since July.
Where is the Queen in Scotland?
The Queen is at her Scottish residence Balmoral Castle, located in Aberdeenshire near the village of Crathie.
The castle has been in royal use since 1852, and is a private estate and therefore not a part of the Crown estate.
For the first time in her 70-year reign, Her Majesty appointed the Prime Minister at Balmoral instead of Buckingham Palace.
Balmoral welcome ceremony cancelled
The traditional Balmoral welcome ceremony, which usually sees the Queen greeting well-wishers at the gates of the castle to mark the beginning of her summer break, was cancelled.
During the welcome ceremony, the Queen also inspects a Guard of Honour formed by the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
This year the Queen opted to have a “small, private event” instead of the traditional public ceremony.
Each year Her Majesty travels to the royal residence for a few months of relaxation. She has been at Balmoral since July and is expected to remain in Scotland until some time in October.
Prince Harry and Meghan travelling to Scotland
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle were due to attend the WellChild Awards ceremony in London on Thursday evening, but have changed their plans to travel to see the Queen.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be travelling to Scotland”, a spokesperson for the couple said.
Queen’s health has been scrutinised in recent months
The Queen’s health has been scrutinised over the past year, with concerns growing as family members travel to Balmoral after doctors placed her under medical supervision.
The monarch, 96, pulled out of a virtual Privy Council on Wednesday, a day after appointing Liz Truss as PM at her home in the Scottish Highlands on the advice of royal doctors.
She has also pulled out of key events due to ongoing mobility issues in recent months.
She thrilled crowds on the first day of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations on June 2 when she appeared on the Buckingham Palace balcony and later at Windsor Castle.
But the next day she pulled out of the Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral after experiencing “discomfort” during the previous day’s celebrations.
While she made a number of in-person visits in the weeks leading up to her Jubilee celebrations, including a surprise visit to open the Elizabeth line and to tour the Chelsea Flower Show using a golf buggy, the Queen has faced ongoing “episodic mobility problems” stretching back to last autumn and now uses a walking stick.
In October 2021, she used a walking stick at a Westminster Abbey service – the first time she had done so at a major engagement.
A week later, after a busy autumn programme, she was ordered to rest by her doctors and advised to cancel a trip to Northern Ireland.
The Queen was secretly admitted to hospital for “preliminary investigations” and had her first overnight stay in hospital for eight years on October 20 2021.
Tony Blair ‘deeply concerned'
Former Labour prime minister Sir Tony Blair said he is “deeply concerned” by the news about the Queen’s health.
“It is deeply concerning to hear today’s news from Buckingham Palace,” Sir Tony said in a statement posted to Twitter.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty the Queen and her family at this worrying time.”
BBC One has suspended the regular TV schedule
BBC One has suspended its regular programming after the announcement about concerns for the Queen’s health.
The channel is currently airing a BBC News Special which will be followed by BBC News at Six.
Huw Edwards is wearing a dark suit, white shirt and black tie, which is in accordance with Operation London Bridge and the BBC guidelines for when members of the Royal family die.
‘Buckingham Palace not expecting to say anything more at this stage'
The BBC’s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell has said that “Buckingham Palace not expecting to say anything more at this stage”.
The only statement the Palace has given so far said: “Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”