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Queen Elizabeth feared causing a disturbance in her final year

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II was committed to her duty to the end, fearing that her death at her holiday home in Scotland would cause unnecessary trouble, her daughter says in an upcoming documentary.

The Queen's only daughter, Princess Anne, revealed on the BBC program that her mother was worried that things might be “difficult” if she died at Balmoral, the royal residence in the Scottish Highlands where the Queen spent her summer vacation. The castle is located about 500 miles north of London, and is the focal point for much of the events that will come after the Queen's death.

Elizabeth died on 8 September 2022 at Balmoral Castle. She was 96 years old. Her official death certificate stated that she died of “old age.”

Anne, who was with her mother when she died, told the filmmakers: “I think there was a moment where I felt it would be more difficult if she died at Balmoral.” She says the family convinced the Queen that she “shouldn't be part of the decision-making process.”

“I hope in the end you felt like it was right. Because I think we did,” says Anne.

It is known that Elizabeth is particularly fond of the Moral, which is privately owned by the King. In the Queen's Scottish household, Anne says, “life was perhaps more independent than anywhere else.”

The Queen extended her summer stay in Scotland, and met Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, Britain's 55th and 56th Prime Ministers, at Balmoral shortly before her death.

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The king plays an important role in the transition of power in Britain, as he officially appoints the new leader in a ceremony called “kissing hands,” which is usually held at Buckingham Palace in London. In 2022, for the first time during Elizabeth's reign, outgoing and incoming Prime Ministers traveled to Scotland to attend the ceremony.

Earlier in 2022, the Queen withdrew from several events due to what the palace called “occasional mobility issues.”

Anne's comments came in a documentary titled “Charles III: The Year of the Coronation,” narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, who played the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret, in some seasons of “The Crown.” The 90-minute documentary will be broadcast in Britain the day after Christmas, and includes behind-the-scenes footage of the preparations for the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. The Washington Post showed a preview of the documentary on Friday.

Anne is known to be a trusted advisor to her brother and was the only royal to be interviewed on the programme. On the programme, she praised Camilla – “I've known her for a long time, on and off” – and said her “understanding of her role and how much of a difference she makes to the King was absolutely fantastic.”

“This role wasn't something that came naturally to her, but she does it really well. She provides that change of pace and tone – she's just as fresh,” Anne adds.

Speaking of her brother's ascension to the throne, she says: “To be honest, I'm not sure anyone can really prepare themselves for that kind of change… not easily. And then change happens and you say, 'Okay, now I have to move on.'” “The command.”

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“Property is an occupation 365 days a year; “It doesn't stop because you change kings, for whatever reason,” she says.

She also talks about the moment her mother was buried in St George's Chapel, on the centuries-old grounds of Windsor Castle.

“When the imperial crown was removed from her coffin, I felt a strange sense of relief,” Anne says. “In a way, it's over — that responsibility has been transferred.”