The death of Queen Elizabeth II: September 8, 2022

By Aditi Sangal, Rob Picheta, Adrienne Vogt, Ed Upright, Lauren Said-Moorhouse, Elise Hammond, Maureen Chowdhury and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 12:27 p.m. ET, October 7, 2022
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11:03 a.m. ET, September 8, 2022

Commonwealth Secretary-General says she is "deeply concerned" over the Queen's health

From CNN's Lauren Kent in London

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said in a Thursday statement that she is "deeply concerned" to hear about the concerns for the Queen's health.

"On behalf of every nation and citizen of the Commonwealth family, I send my best wishes to Her Majesty and the Royal Family. She will remain in my prayers," Scotland added in the tweet. 

Some background: The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 56 independent and equal countries that work together to pursue common goals which promote development, democracy and peace, according to the association. The Commonwealth's roots go back to the British Empire but any country can join the modern Commonwealth.

11:35 a.m. ET, September 8, 2022

Here's where Balmoral Castle is located in Scotland

A general view of Balmoral Castle in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 2017.
A general view of Balmoral Castle in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 2017. (Andrew Milligan/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Queen always travels to the Balmoral Castle in Scotland for the summer, according to CNN's Max Foster.

She is currently there, and the royal family members are traveling to the castle to be by her side after doctors expressed concerns over the 96-year-old's monarch's health.

Here's a look at where the castle is situated in the country.

9:41 a.m. ET, September 8, 2022

Prince Charles and Camilla have arrived at Balmoral Castle, Clarence House says

From CNN's Max Foster in London

Prince Charles and Camilla have arrived at Balmoral Castle, Clarence House told CNN.

“Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have travelled to Balmoral," Clarence House said in a Thursday statement.

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth. He is the heir apparent to the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

9:24 a.m. ET, September 8, 2022

What we know about the Queen's previous health issues

From CNN's Rob Picheta in London

The Queen is seen in October 2020 in Salisbury, England.
The Queen is seen in October 2020 in Salisbury, England. (Ben Stansall/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Queen has continued to conduct a wide range of engagements well into her nineties.

But she has been forced to reduce her diary significantly this year, while suffering from mobility issues.

The monarch has, over recent years, suffered a handful of episodes related to her health.

  • December 2003: The Queen had an operation to remove a torn cartilage in her left knee. It followed a similar surgery on her right knee, earlier the same year.
  • March 2013: The monarch was hospitalized to be treated for gastroenteritis, a common stomach bug.
  • May 2021: She missed the Remembrance Sunday service in central London after spraining her back.
  • October 2021: The Queen spent a night at a hospital while undergoing “preliminary investigations,” the Palace said at the time.
  • February 2022: The Queen contracted Covid-19 and suffered mild cold-like symptoms, but continued with light duties.

Since her Covid-19 diagnosis, the Queen has been forced to more regularly cancel or slim down some events.

She did not attend all of the celebrations for June's Platinum Jubilee — marking her 70 years on the throne — and missed the state opening of Parliament the previous month due to mobility problems.

9:26 a.m. ET, September 8, 2022

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will remain in Windsor with her children, Kensington Palace says

From CNN's Max Foster in London

Prince George, left, Prince Louis, center, and Princess Charlotte are accompanied by their parents Prince William and Catherine as they arrive at Lambrook School on September 7 in Bracknell, England.
Prince George, left, Prince Louis, center, and Princess Charlotte are accompanied by their parents Prince William and Catherine as they arrive at Lambrook School on September 7 in Bracknell, England. (Jonathan Brady/Pool/Getty Images)

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

Her husband, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is traveling to the Balmoral Castle in Scotland to be with the Queen, Kensington Palace said earlier on Thursday.

9:07 a.m. ET, September 8, 2022

Prince Harry and Meghan are on their way to Scotland, spokesperson says

From CNN's Max Foster

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are seen in June in London.
Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are seen in June in London. (Matt Dunham/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Prince Harry is also traveling to Balmoral Castle in Scotland after being notified about the concerns around his grandmother's health, a spokesperson for the Prince told CNN.

He is en route to Balmoral along with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. 

8:56 a.m. ET, September 8, 2022

The Queen’s other children are traveling to or have already arrived at Balmoral Castle, source says

From CNN's Max Foster in London

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Princess Anne are seen together in June in London.
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Princess Anne are seen together in June in London. (Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

The Queen's other children — Prince Edward and Princess Anne — are traveling to Balmoral Castle in Scotland or have already arrived, a royal source told CNN on Thursday.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex are traveling to Balmoral.

The Princess Royal is already at Balmoral, having been undertaking engagements in Scotland this week, the Royal source said.

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, is also traveling to Balmoral, a source close to the Prince told CNN.

8:45 a.m. ET, September 8, 2022

The Queen had postponed an important meeting on Wednesday after her doctors advised her to rest

From CNN's Max Foster in London  

Queen Elizabeth II had postponed a meeting of her Privy Council which was due to take place on Wednesday after being advised by doctors to rest, Buckingham Palace said yesterday. 

A royal source said the meeting was virtual and the Queen hadn’t been to the hospital.

The Privy Council is the formal body which advises the Queen on the exercises of the Royal Prerogative. 

During the meeting, new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss would have taken her oath and new cabinet ministers would have been sworn into their roles.  

8:52 a.m. ET, September 8, 2022

Scottish and Welsh first ministers express concern over reports of the Queen's health

Queen Elizabeth II receives First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June.
Queen Elizabeth II receives First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June. (Jane Barlow/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Thursday that her thoughts and wishes were with the Queen. 

"All of us are feeling profoundly concerned at reports of Her Majesty’s health," Sturgeon said in a tweet. 

Leader of the Scottish National Party Ian Blackford also wished the Queen a “speedy recovery.” 

First Minister for Wales Mark Drakeford said he was “concerned” to hear the news from Buckingham Palace, and sends “best wishes” to the Queen.

“I send my best wishes to Her Majesty and her family on behalf of the people of Wales," he said on Twitter.