UPDATE 1:30pm: It is with profound sadness I share the following from Buckingham Palace.
I will start a live blog shortly. Below, content from the post published earlier today.
At the end of yesterday’s post, I shared an update on the Queen’s health, noting that she was not up to participating in a virtual Privy Council meeting scheduled for last night. Below, HM on Tuesday as she greeted new Prime Minister Liz Truss.
This morning we learned that the situation is more serious, as Buckingham Palace released a statement today around 7:30am EDT.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall traveled to Balmoral by helicopter. The Duke of Cambridge, Duke of York, and Earl and Countess of Wessex flew to Aberdeen together and have arrived at Balmoral.
The Duchess of Cambridge has stayed in Windsor with the Cambridge children, all of whom had their first official day of school today. Princess Anne has been at Balmoral for several days. The Duke of Sussex is also traveling to Balmoral. Below, a quick video from Aberdeen Airport.
The Prime Minister released the following statement on social media.
This is a statement from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Below, the scene at Parliament shortly after the Buckingham Palace statement.
Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle interrupted the speech of SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford during the energy debate to tell MPs: “… we send our best wishes to Her Majesty…” pic.twitter.com/CcL5C21Mno
— The Royal Family Channel (@RoyalFamilyITNP) September 8, 2022
Broadcasters are set up for live coverage at Buckingham Palace.
A very quick video from Victoria Murphy.
The heavens have opened outside Buckingham Palace this afternoon as we await news of the Queen’s health. pic.twitter.com/OhLuWV4vzd
— Victoria Murphy (@byQueenVic) September 8, 2022
And at Balmoral.
— BBC North East Scot (@BBCNorthEast) September 8, 2022
The New York Times notes, “The BBC has suspended regular programming and shifted to continuous news coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s deteriorating health.” Here are some links for live coverage:
- The BBC’s live coverage can be watched here.
- Sky News can be viewed here.
- ITV’s live coverage may be watched here.
I will update this post as the situation develops.