A jet carrying members of the royal family landed in Scotland as loved ones gathered around the bed of Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle to pay their respects. The royal family has just announced the Queen is dead.
Queen Dead: Royal Family Jets Into Scotland To Be By Queen Elizabeth II’s Side
A Dassault Falcon 900LX jet, part of the Royal Air Force fleet, carrying Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, touched down in Scotland earlier today. The royal family members joined Prince Charles and his wife Camilla as well as Princess Anne at the Queen’s beside at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Sadly, they were too late…the Queen had passed in the presence of Prince Charles and Princess Anne before the others could make it.
In recent days, the Queen’s health has declined and there was growing fear over her condition after she was unable to attend a virtual meeting of the Privy Council last night during which Prime Minister Liz Truss was to have taken her oath as First Lord of the Treasury. Indeed, she is now dead.
I know this isn’t much of an aviation story, though the jet carrying members of the royal family gave me the slight aviation angle I was looking for to justify this story.
In reality, I am an ardent admirer of the Queen and even flew to London earlier this year to take part in her Platinum Jubilee celebration.
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I joined the Archbishop of Canterbury in praying for her health throughout the day:
My prayers, and the prayers of people across the @churchofengland and the nation, are with Her Majesty The Queen today.
May God’s presence strengthen and comfort Her Majesty, her family, and those who are caring for her at Balmoral.
— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) September 8, 2022
And I now join in mourning over her passing and expressing hope that she is in the presence of God and thanksgiving for her remarkable 70-year reign.
I think this story is also a reminder that when death arrives at the doorstep of a loved one, we move mountains to by her side. It was a busy week for members of the royal family, including Prince Harry, but they dropped everything to fly to Scotland to be by the Queen’s side. Sadly, they were too late. Isn’t that a remarkable thing that links all members of the human family, regardless of race, creed, or social class? What a blessing that airplanes make such family reunions possible on such short notice. Even so, death does not operate on our schedule.
The Queen is dead. Long live the King.
image: Stuart Yeates