“The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the statement read.
Buckingham Palace announced her death in a brief statement. 10 days of national mourning has been declared
Prince Charles, 73, will take over the throne immediately.
It is interesting that Elizabeth II wanted to spend her last days in Balmoral.
Craigowan Lodge, on the grounds of Balmoral Castle in Scotland, is believed to be one of the Queen’s favorite homes, but she only stayed there for a few days a year.
The cottage is closed to the public
The cottage was often used by the Prince and Princess of Wales when they came to visit the Queen in the summer. The cottage is closed to the public and has recently been used mainly for the accommodation of important guests.
Balmoral Castle is located in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is located near the village of Crathie, 50 miles west of Aberdeen.
It was bought by Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, from the Farquharson family in 1852. The original house was deemed too small, so Balmoral Castle was commissioned.
Installed a lift
To help ease the monarch’s limited mobility, palace officials decided earlier this year to install a £20,000 wheelchair lift at Craigowan Lodge so Her Majesty could spend more time there.
It is also believed to have new security gates, a state-of-the-art intercom system and a number of new CCTV cameras across the vast grounds.
A source revealed: “For many years we thought it would be a great place for the Queen to spend more time as she got older. It’s one of her favorite places in the country.”
A stone cottage called Craigowan Lodge located on the grounds of Balmoral Castle, Scotland (photo pinterest.com)
With a proper elevator and an updated security system, she could spend a lot more time there in peace. Balmoral Castle is still private and is not the Queen’s property, unlike other residences. As the castle was originally purchased by Prince Albert with his own personal funds, none of the income from the estate goes to the public treasury.
The estate is still owned by the country’s monarch but is managed by deeded trustees. The Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, explained:
“This is the most beautiful place on earth. I think grandma is the happiest there. I think she really loves Highland Scotland.”
She said in the ITV documentary Our Ninety-Year-Old Queen: “Walks, picnics, dogs – lots of dogs, there are always dogs – and people are constantly coming and going. It’s a great place for grandma and grandpa to come and visit them, where they can breathe and run freely.”