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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11:58 a.m. ET, September 8, 2022

Prince Harry is en route to Balmoral separately from other royals

From CNN's Sugam Pokharel

Prince Harry is on his way to Balmoral separately from other royals, but has been in coordination with other family members' plans, a spokesperson for the Sussexes told CNN. 

Clarification: Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is not traveling to Balmoral with Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, a spokesperson for the Sussexes clarified in a note to CNN. It is not clear if Meghan will potentially join at a later date. 

11:18 a.m. ET, September 8, 2022

UK PM Liz Truss does not currently have plans to travel to Scotland on Thursday or Friday

There are no plans currently for UK Prime Minister Liz Truss to travel to Scotland on Thursday or Friday, UK's PA Media news agency reported citing a Downing Street spokesperson.

11:19 a.m. ET, September 8, 2022

Canadian prime minister sends well wishes to Queen and royal family

From CNN's Xiaofei Xu and Natacha Bracken in Paris

The Queen greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Buckingham Palace in 2018.
The Queen greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Buckingham Palace in 2018. (Matt Dunham/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Canadians are keeping Queen Elizabeth in their thoughts, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet on Thursday. 

Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of Canada and Canada's head of state, and the "personal embodiment of the Crown in Canada," according to the Canadian government's website.

11:09 a.m. ET, September 8, 2022

Royals arrive at Aberdeen airport en route to Balmoral Castle

From CNN's Rob Picheta in London

A flight containing some members of the royal family has landed at Aberdeen airport in Scotland ahead of their arrival at Balmoral, according to the UK's PA Media news agency. 

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and Prince Edward and Edward's wife Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, were among the members on board, according to PA.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have also made the journey to Balmoral on Thursday. Harry and Meghan live in California but have been in Europe this week.

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.