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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Liz Truss and Keir Starmer told about Queen’s health in Commons

Liz Truss was on the front bench of the Commons after her first major policy intervention as Prime Minister when she received the concerning news about the Queen’s health.

The initial indication that something was wrong came as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Nadhim Zahawi, came into the Chamber, sat down next to the Prime Minister and began urgently speaking to her while she was listening to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer’s response to her energy statement.

Sir Keir, too, was passed a note by his deputy Angela Rayner, with Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle also handed a piece of paper updating him about the developing situation.

Labour MP Chris Bryant spotted something was wrong about 20 minutes before Buckingham Palace made its announcement, tweeting: “Something odd is going on in the Commons. Zahawi briefing pm urgently.”

Within minutes of the Buckingham Palace statement that “the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health”, the Speaker interrupted the speech of SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford to tell MPs: “I know I speak on behalf of the entire House when I say that we send our best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen and that she and the royal family are in our thoughts and prayers at this moment.”

He added: “If there is anything else, we will update the House accordingly.”

Who is the Queen’s top royal doctor?

The man in charge of looking after the Queen’s health is Professor Sir Huw Thomas, Head of the Medical Household and Physician to the Queen.

Sir Huw has been Head of the Medical Household since 2014 and was knighted last year after being invested with the Insignia of a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

It is likely the Queen wanted to thank Sir Huw personally for his care of her and the royal family.

Sir Huw, who is also professor of gastrointestinal genetics at Imperial College London’s department of surgery and cancer, has previously spoken of how grateful he was to be recognised for his service.

Speaking at Imperial at the time of his knighthood, he said: “It’s been a busy couple of years in this role, so I feel very grateful to have been recognised for my service to date.”

He added: “You very much become part of that organisation and become the personal doctor to the principal people in it, who are patients just like other patients.

“With the pandemic, the key priority of the Medical Household is trying to make sure that the people under its care are kept safe.”

Seven Royals about to land at Aberdeen airport

A flight carrying seven Royals is expected to land at Aberdeen International Airport imminently, the BBC has reported.

Balmoral Castle, where the Queen is residing, is around an hour’s drive away.

The Duchess of Cambridge has remained in Windsor as Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are on their first full day at their new school, Kensington Palace said.

Who’s at Balmoral with the Queen?

Most of the Royal household is either at Balmoral Castle with the Queen, or travelling their to see her.

The heir to the throne Prince Charles, his wife Princess Camilla and sister Princess Anne are at her bedside.

Prince William, second in line to the throne, Prince Harry and wife Meghan are travelling to the Aberdeenshire castle now.

However the Duchess of Cambridge Kate has remained in Windsor as Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis started at a new school.

A flight has just landed carrying seven Royals at Aberdeen International Airport.

Family members land at Aberdeen International Airport

An aircraft carrying seven members of the Queen’s family has landed at Aberdeen Airport.

Those onboard are believed to include Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, his wife Sophie Wessex.

Harry and Meghan, who rushed from a trip in Germany to be at the monarch’s side, were not seen leaving the plane, but are heading to Balmoral Castle.

A plane of Royals landing at Aberdeen Airport. Credit: BBC

Crowds gather at Buckingham Palace

A crowd has gathered outside Buckingham Palace beneath dark clouds as news spreads that the Queen is under medical supervision at Balmoral.

More than 100 umbrella-clad observers have congregated on the stone steps up to The Queen Victoria Memorial, opposite the royal residence, and dozens more are standing beside the gates.

Despite the size of the crowd, the atmosphere is relatively quiet and many are peering through the bars of the main gates.

Storm clouds are looming overhead, with a smattering of rain over central London.

Members of the public sitting on Queen Victoria memorial outside Buckingham Palace in central London. Credit: PA

Storm clouds at Balmoral

My colleague Karen Roberts is reporting from outside Balmoral Castle, in Aberdeenshire, where the Queen is under medical supervision.

Dark clouds and rain are gathering above the castle, in weather which mirrors the nation’s sombre mood.

Members of the public are gathering outside the gates alongside the press pack, despite the terrible weather.

The press pack and members of the public gather outside Balmoral Castle after news that the Queen was under medical supervision. Credit: Karen Roberts

Where was the Queen born?

The Queen was born in a London townhouse located at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair on 26 April 1926, my colleague Sarah McCann reports.

She was the eldest child between Prince Albert and Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, who then had the title of Duchess of York and would later be affectionately known as the Queen Mother.

The house belonged to Bowes-Lyon’s parents: Claude and Cecilia, the 14th Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne.

The family had just moved into the house a few weeks before Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth was born by caesarean section.

Queen Elizabeth as a baby on her first outing 9 October, 1926 (Pic: INP/AFP via Getty Images)

In what would seem unthinkable now, the then Home Secretary Sir Willian Joynson-Hicks was there to witness the birth, so he could confirm that the new princess was indeed a member of the Royal Family.

Unfortunately, the townhouse which was the birthplace of Queen Elizabeth was demolished in 1937 by property developers.

The location is now home to Berkeley Square House Office block and Hakkasan Mayfair Chinese restaurant.

Meghan Markle will not travel to Balmoral Castle - reports

It is understood Meghan Markle will not travel to Scotland but will remain in London, PA and the BBC report.

The Duchess of Sussex will not attend the WellChild awards, which the couple were scheduled to take part in.

The duchess could potentially join Prince Harry in Scotland at a later date, the source said, following the change of plan.

It had previously been reported that both Meghan and Harry were travelling to Balmoral Castle to see the Queen.

The BBC’s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said: “They might have decided this wasn’t a moment for her to be at Balmoral.

“She might not have been warmly welcomed, to be candid.”

Meghan Markle has made her first address in the UK since stepping down from royal duties two years ago.(Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Balmoral Castle loved by the Queen

Crowds have started to gather at Balmoral Castle, despite the inclement weather, as the country waits for news about the Queen.

Police could be seen at the entrance of the castle with the odd police car passing by, my colleague Karen Roberts, while members of the press have also gathered.

It is expected that Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie Countess of Wessex will arrive any moment.

Members of the press and public outside Balmoral Castle awaiting news of the Queen. Credit: Karen Roberts

The Queen is very fond of Balmoral Castle, and has spent every summer at the Aberdeenshire estate.

She is fond of long quiet walks and barbecues in the large gardens.

Her Majesty is considered a neighbour to residents, and knows words in the local dialect Doric.

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