On September 8th, Queen Elizabeth II died. A new book reveals what is said to have happened at Balmoral in the Queen's final days. The author also reports on a disease with bone marrow cancer. The monarch accepted the diagnosis with grace.
Queen Elizabeth II apparently worked until shortly before her death - despite her age and a serious illness. At least that's what Gyles Brandreth writes in his book "Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait", from which the "Daily Mal" reports. The work is scheduled to appear in December.
It states that the Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral Castle on September 8th. Princess Anne and King Charles were at her bedside. Brandreth claims in his book that he heard the monarch allegedly had bone marrow cancer before she died. However, the Queen accepted with "grace" that her time was "limited," according to the author. Officially, the queen died of old age.
According to the "Daily Mail", Brandreth reports on some of the appointments that the late 96-year-old held between September 3rd and 6th - two days before her death. During her last weekend, the monarch met Reverend Iain Greenshields, who is said to have seen her in "fantastic form". The two would have talked about horses, the church and the Ukraine at dinner together. After the Queen's death, the cleric said the Queen told him she had "no regrets whatsoever".
According to Brandreth's book, Elizabeth II still had work to do on September 6th. She called racehorse trainer Clive Cox to talk about one of her horses. She then bid farewell to Boris Johnson as Prime Minister and met his successor, Liz Truss. There are also official pictures from this meeting where the Queen can be seen smiling.
On Wednesday 7th September Brandreths writes: "Every newspaper has pictures of the Queen at Balmoral. She looks old, yes - she is 96 - and frail. There is a dark bruise on the back of her right hand but she looks alert and very much alive She smiles and looks over the top of her glasses at the camera. There's a definite mischievous twinkle in her eyes."
The author Gyles Brandreth was born in Wuppertal in 1948 and has a varied life behind him. The Oxford graduate worked as a publisher, then as a presenter for radio and television. He was a member of the government of John Major and sat for the Tories in Parliament between 1992 and 1997.