Queen with children and Prince William at Balmoral amid health concerns

All of the Queen's children and Prince William are with her as Prince Harry makes his way.

Latest updates:

  • All of the Queen’s children are with her at Balmoral
  • A fleet of cars carrying Prince William, Prince Edward Earl of Wessex, Sophie Wessex and Prince Andrew arrived at Balmoral just after 5pm
  • Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is on his way to be with the Queen at Balmoral, unaccompanied by Meghan the Duchess of Sussex
  • At 12.32pm on Thursday, Buckingham Palace announced the Queen is under medical supervision at Balmoral amid concern for her health

The Queen is under medical supervision amid concern for her health.

Buckingham Palace announced the monarch was “comfortable” as she remains at Balmoral.

Queen Elizabeth II waiting in the Drawing Room before receiving Liz Truss for an audience at Balmoral, Scotland.PA Media

Prince Charles and Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall have travelled to Aberdeenshire to be with the 96-year-old, Clarence House said. The Princess Royal Princess Anne is also understood to be there.

Just after 5pm, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Andrew the Duke of York and Prince Edward the Earl and Sophie the Countess of Wessex arrived at Balmoral having driven from Aberdeen Airport.

Prince William, Prince Edward Earl of Wessex, Sophie Wessex and Prince Andrew arrive at Aberdeen Airport.STV News

Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is on his way to be with the Queen at Balmoral, unaccompanied by Meghan the Duchess of Sussex, sources said.

Kate the Duchess of Cambridge has remained in Windsor with her children on their first full day of school.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said: “Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision.

“The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”

Following the announcement, Prime Minister Liz Truss said “the whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime” adding “my thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time”.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “All of us are feeling profoundly concerned at reports of Her Majesty’s health.

“My thoughts and wishes are with the Queen and all of the Royal Family at this time.”

The monarch was advised to rest following a “full day” at Balmoral Castle on Tuesday, in which she appointed Liz Truss the new Prime Minister.

It was in a break with tradition that the ceremony took place in Scotland.

Usually, the prime minister and their successor have an audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

However, due to mobility issues, the head of state met with outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Truss at Balmoral in Aberdeenshire instead.

It was the first time during the Queen’s 70-year reign that the prime minister has not been appointed at Buckingham Palace.

On Wednesday, the Queen was due to hold the Privy Council virtually, in which Truss would have taken her oath as First Lord of the Treasury.

Despite being in Scotland, the Queen did not attend the Braemar Gathering with the Palace confirming this was due to mobility problems ongoing since last year.

In Holyrood, presiding officer Alison Johnstone said: “I’m aware that a statement has been made at Westminster on the health of Her Majesty the Queen.

“I will of course monitor developments and keep members updated over the course of the day, but my, and I’m sure the thoughts of all in Parliament, are with Her Majesty at this time.”

Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle told MPs: “I know I speak on behalf of the entire House when I say that we send our best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen and that she and the royal family are in our thoughts and prayers at this moment.”

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said: “I’m sure on behalf of all colleagues, we’re saddened to hear of the announcement that’s been made and the thoughts and prayers of all of us will be with Her Majesty the Queen and indeed the Royal Family.”

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