Charles and Anne at Queen’s side after ‘hours to live’ phonecall while other Royals were en route

On the afternoon of Thursday 8 September, Buckingham Palace announced the sad news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's passing.

In the hours before her death, the Royal Family were informed of her "hours to live" condition, sparking a rush to get to her bedside.

Charles, 73, who is now King Charles III, and his sister Princess Anne, 72, were already on the Balmoral estate and were able to be with their beloved mother as she passed away.

According to the Daily Mail other senior Royals, including Prince William, 40, Prince Andrew, 62, and Prince Edward, 58, didn't make it in time for her final moments.

William, Andrew, Edward and his wife Sophie flew in from Berkshire via a private jet to Aberdeen before they made their way over to Balmoral to see her.

Prince William's brother Harry, 37, who was due to attend a charity event with wife Meghan Markle in London last night, also rushed to reach Balmoral to get there in time, but arrived at 8pm – nearly an hour and a half after the public were told of the Queen's passing.

Harry’s wife Meghan, also 40, has not travelled to Scotland with him, with the Duchess remaining in London.

Prior to Harry's arrival, a statement from Buckingham Palace, which announced the devastating news, read: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon."

Using Charles and Camilla's new titles, it continued: “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Since then, royals and celebrities alike have shared tributes in honour of the longest reining monarch in UK history.

Sharing his grief, King Charles III said in a statement: "The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

"We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother.

"I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”

"During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held."

Thousands of people gathered outside Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle to see the Union flags lowered down to half mast in honour of the passing of the Queen.

An incredible rainbow was seen just behind the two flags, with many across social media seeing the poignant moment as a sign as one person wrote on Twitter: "Fitting that as the flag is half mast for #QueenElizabeth a rainbow to heaven is guiding the #Queen to heaven".


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