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Which members of the royal family saw the queen before she died?

When news broke of Queen Elizabeth II’s sudden ill health, members of the royal family rushed to stand by her side at her Balmoral estate on Thursday.

Only his two eldest sons are believed to have reached the estate before his death.

Here’s how it all went. All times are UK time.

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By chance, King Charles III and the queen’s only daughter, Anne, the royal princess, had both been to Scotland this week.

Early Thursday morning, it was confirmed that the king, then Prince Charles, captured the royal helicopter from Dumfries House in Ayrshire.

Camilla, now queen consort, also traveled to Balmoral, but it is unclear whether she traveled alone or with her husband.

“Their royal heights, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, went to Balmoral,” a spokesperson for Clarence House said, according to Reuters.

The Dumfries House estate belongs to Charles in Ayrshire, Scotland. It is approximately 245 kilometers from Balmoral.

Princess Anne and Prince Charles laugh at each other next to Camilla as they sit at the Fife Memorial Park in Braemar in Scotland
Anne, Charles and Camilla were attending the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering in Scotland prior to the Queen’s death.(AP: Jane Barlow / PA, file)

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The Princess Royal was already in Scotland, having held events earlier in the week, including the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering, which she was photographed attending alongside Charles and Camilla.

They both managed to reach the estate in time to say goodbye.

Where were William and Kate?

Later on Thursday afternoon Prince William, now Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, flew to Aberdeen airport. It was reported that they flew an RAF plane that arrived from RAF Northolt.

The four then drove to the Queen’s Balmoral estate, a journey of approximately 73 kilometers.

BBC Scotland reporter Linda Sinclair said they arrived at Balmoral Castle at 5:11 pm.

Prime Minister Liz Truss was informed of the Queen’s death at 4:30 pm, Downing Street confirmed. The news was given to Mrs. Truss by cabinet secretary Simon Case.

This meant that the four royals did not see the queen before she died.

Kate, now Princess of Wales, did not travel to Scotland to accompany her husband. Instead, she stayed in Windsor while her three children were in school.

Prince Harry is the last to arrive and the first to leave

Meghan Markle smiles as she talks to her husband, Prince Harry
Meghan and Harry were in Manchester after attending the One Young World Summit earlier in the week.(AFP: Oli Scarff)

Prince Harry was the last of the senior royals to arrive at Balmoral on Thursday.

The Duke of Sussex arrived at Balmoral shortly after the announcement of the queen’s death. He traveled to Scotland alone while his wife Meghan is believed to have stayed at Windsor Castle

The photos show the Duke traveling to Balmoral alone, sitting in the back seat of a black vehicle. He drove the vehicle to the estate after landing at Aberdeen airport.

Prince Harry can be seen in the back seat of a rain covered black car with two people in the front seat
Prince Harry arrived at Balmoral after the queen’s death.(AP: Andrew Milligan / PA via AP)

Sky News UK political editor Beth Rigby confirmed that the Duchess of Sussex did not accompany him to Balmoral.

The news of the queen’s death has been confirmed to the nation a 18:31. Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The king and queen consort will stay at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”

It is understood that both Harry and Meghan were already in the UK, to attend the WellChild Awards in London on Thursday night in London.

The duke was the first to leave Balmoral Castle on Friday morning. He was spotted aboard a black Range Rover exiting the gates at 8:20 am.

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