Scottish summer: This is how the Queen spent her last few weeks

Balmoral Castle
Summer in the country: This is how the Queen spent her last weeks

Elizabeth II and Charles at Balmoral

Queen Elizabeth II and her son Charles strolling in Balmoral last autumn.

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Queen Elizabeth II loved Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands. In her final weeks she enjoyed country life there.

Queen Elizabeth II spent her final weeks in the Scottish Highlands. Balmoral Castle was her retreat. Most recently, the queen is said to have been out in nature a lot – she is also said to have visited many family members and friends there during the summer.

When the Queen arrived in Balmoral at the end of July, she first moved into the smaller, more comfortable, seven-bedroom Craigowan Lodge before moving to Balmoral Castle, a mile away, on 9 August. As royal expert Rebecca English writes in the "Daily Mail".she was "accompanied by a handful of loyal employees who had sworn to stay with her to the end".

Close servants were at her side

Among other things, we are talking about her employee Paul "Tall Paul" Whybrew (officially "Page of the Backstairs") and Barry Mitford, her "Serjeant-at-Arms". The two men were her regular companions, reportedly bringing her the horse racing mail every day and sitting with her to watch her favorite sport on TV.

Also by her side Angela Kelly, who had risen to her right hand in the past and held the title of Personal Assistant, Counselor and Carer to Her Majesty The Queen. The protective Angela Kelly, also called "AK47", should not have left her side, according to the report.

Walk with corgis

Just a few weeks ago, according to media reports, the queen was spotted walking her corgis in the gardens, slowly and carefully, but still in the fresh air. In addition, many family members came to see her. Lastly the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge, William and Kate, and their three lively childrenwho called their great-grandmother "Gan Gan". Harry and Meghan stopped visiting the Queen.

The regular presence of Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, who treated her like a second daughter, is said to have been particularly comforting for the late monarch. Rebecca English reports the same about the visits of the two children of the late Queen's sister Princess Margaret (1930-2002), Lady Sarah Chatto and David Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowdon, whom she also liked very much.

Prince Charles, who is now King Charles III. is said to have visited her every day lately.

Queen was 'really in a good mood'

It was "a very typical and happy summer in Balmoral" with lots of walks, picnics and BBQs. "We have maintained the rhythm that the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh have long set. Of course, the Queen was not present all the time, but she took part," a source said, according to the report.

Another royal source, who met the Queen just days ago, described her to English as "really cheerful". "I know you'd expect me to say that, but she was in a really good mood," the source said. In doing so, she indicated that the Queen's seizure of weakness suddenly came overnight on Wednesday.

Queen Elizabeth II is dead: The Queen died at the age of 96

Passed away peacefully on Balmoral

English points out that Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip (1921-2021) are said to have been happiest in the Highlands. There they would have enjoyed the life of a normal married couple. In this respect, it was no coincidence that after his death in April a year ago, she had a picture of the two published on Balmoral.

The Queen died peacefully on her Scottish estate on Thursday (September 8th). The royal family announced this in the evening. The monarch was 96 years old. King Charles III succeeds to the throne.


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