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Queen Elizabeth’s girlfriend thinks she planned to die in Scotland to save the Union

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A friend of the late king told the Daily Beast that Queen Elizabeth II “planned to die in Scotland to save the union” with England.

Although the Queen’s death arrived with unexpected speed, the friend said the Queen was well aware that she was “weak” and decided not to return to Windsor Castle for the “kissing hands” party with incoming Prime Minister Liz Truss, as planned, because she wished that Died in Scotland.

“She was weak and there was an argument that she should go back to Windsor where it would be much easier to get treatment in hospital,” the friend said. “Of course she had access to doctors in Balmoral, but nothing like Windsor. Balmoral is very isolated, but that is where she wanted to be, precisely because she thought the end might be near. She planned to die in Scotland to save the Union.”

The claim comes after it was revealed yesterday that the Queen’s death on September 8 at 3:10 pm local time, just over three hours before the public announcement of her death at 6:30 pm, and with only King (and then Prince) Charles and Princess Anne at Balmoral; The rest of the royal family was on their way at the time. her death certificate He lists the cause of her death as “old age”.

The Queen was the first British queen to die in Scotland in nearly 500 years, and her death there led to a series of ceremonial rites in Scotland, sending affection for the Queen into the republic at large north of the border. The gathering of well-wishers paying their respects along the 170 miles of road covered by the Queen’s funeral procession is, by some estimates, Scotland’s largest public event ever.

The only person who knew the Queen well was former Scottish First Minister (equivalent to Prime Minister) Alex Salmond. Salmond, who held the position from 2007 to 2014, met the late Queen on numerous occasions, and was a regular guest at Balmoral. Although an ardent nationalist, his life’s work centered on Scotland’s desire to leave the union with England, with which he developed a close relationship based on a mutual love of horse racing and Scotland.

Salmond, who was accused of sexual assault after leaving office but acquitted of the charges in a jury trial, told The Daily Beast he had no doubt the Queen chose to die in Scotland – but disputed it was a political statement.

I think the Queen chose to die at Balmoral not as some kind of political statement, but for the humane reason that this is where she was most comfortable and happy.

Alex Salmond

He told The Daily Beast: “You can’t choose the time of your death but you can choose the place. I think the Queen chose to die at Balmoral not as some kind of political statement, but for the humane reason that this is where she felt comfortable and happy. In return, the majority kept the Great Scotsmen, Elizabeth, Queen of Scots, in the highest esteem, as I have already done.

“She would have personally scrutinized every iota of the ‘Operation Unicorn’ governing her departure in Scotland including the ruling that her coffin would be wrapped in the Royal Scottish Standard, a fact that stunned the BBC commentary team who failed to recognize her.”

Do I think she would be pleased that the Federation was strengthened by her death there? definitely.

Christopher Andersen

royal author Christopher AndersenShe, who had claimed for many years that the Queen intended to withdraw to Balmoral before her death, expressed a similar view, saying: “I have predicted for years that once Philip dies, the Queen will move to Balmoral and end her days there. I think it has nothing to do with preserving the United Kingdom. Complete but more to do with her deep love for Balmoral and the memories it holds for her, as well as her enduring love for Scotland.She was essentially a country girl, after all.

“But do I think she would be pleased that the Federation was strengthened by her death there? Absolutely.”

The Queen’s turnout in Scotland led unionists and royalists to hope that some of the goodwill towards the late monarch would be passed on to King Charles.

Whatever it was, the public expressions of respect shown contrast sharply with the perception of republican sentiment pervasive in Scotland: a survey by UK futures contracts in May, for example, only found 45 percent of Scottish voters, as opposed to 60 percent nationwide, supported the monarchy.

While the Queen has been publicly apolitical, she has, in private, been a fervent advocate of Scotland remaining in the union, and is widely believed to have helped push Scotland to vote “no” to independence in 2014.

A few days before this referendum, I told the sleepers Outside Balmoral Chapel Crathie Kirk: “I hope people think well of the future.”

Pre-referendum opinion polls had predicted a vote of 51 to 49 with yes, but No won by a clear margin of 55-45.

Professor Sir Tom Devin of the University of Edinburgh, who is widely regarded as Scotland’s preeminent contemporary historian, told The Daily Beast: “I’ve thought about this long and hard. I think it was done consciously. It wasn’t a slip. that the Cameron government has advised her or been influenced by her to do so. It has reached the point where the opinion polls are beginning to look very ominous.”

Devine who is the author of the book de facto Putting a text into Scottish history, The Scottish Nation: A Modern History He added: “I do not agree that she planned to die in Scotland, but in the event that the Queen’s last parting gift to Old Scotia, to Scotland, she will die in Scotland because that ensured wide global coverage of the nation. I understand that the Scottish Tourism Board is currently planning a massive increase in tourist immigration. to Scotland in the spring and summer of next year, because of this global focus, and the very gracious way in which the Scots showed their mourning.”

Travel agents agree. John Colclough, Director of High-end Travel Agency and Bespoke Concierge Ireland and Britain have been monitoredhe told The Daily Beast: “The Cairngorms family has been inundated with requests since the Queen’s death. Her funeral procession has been Scotland’s most famous advertisement in the world. Many people in Scotland believe she chose to die there.”

Devine notes that the Scottish National Party (SNP) has been committed to keeping the king as head of state, saying: “The SNP has somewhat shot the unitary fox when it comes to monarchy. If there was an independent Scotland, they would like the Union of Crowns to continue. In my view, it is very much a matter of the Nationalists doing everything in their power to appease unionized Scotland by limiting the disturbing change in the state of independence.”

I think if the 2014 referendum had gone in the opposite direction, luckily she would have spent the final years of her reign as Queen of 16 Commonwealth countries, rather than 15.

Alex Salmond

Pro-Monarchy Scottish Nationalists may seem like a contradiction in terms, but this is still the official position of the Scottish National Party and its current leader, Nicola Sturgeon, who distinguishes between the Union of the Crowns and the Union of Parliaments.

Salmond told The Daily Beast: ‘My point is that although the Queen in her early years was an instinctive unionist, her views had evolved by the time she learned. Indeed, her superior ability to adapt to the tremendous changes in the UK and the world was one One of the chief features of her long rule was the union in which she had been concerned over the past few years much more than the union of crowns which, as she was well aware, had predated the union of parliaments by more than a century.

“I have no doubt that if the 2014 referendum had gone the other way, she would fortunately have spent the final years of her reign as Queen of 16 Commonwealth countries, rather than the 15 that would have taken place in Scotland. After her death, I suspect that everything It changes with respect to this debate.”

Buckingham Palace declined to comment for this article, and so did a spokesman for the British Government’s office in Scotland.

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