'Her ultimate homecoming': Queen 'knew she wasn't going to come back from Balmoral'

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The Queen “knew she wasn’t going to come back” from Balmoral, a royal expert has claimed. Katie Nicholl claimed Queen Elizabeth II “wanted to pass” in Balmoral. She described the former monarch’s stay in the Scottish estate as the “ultimate homecoming”.

Speaking to the BBC’s Huw Edwards, Ms Nicholls said: “The Queen ‘knew she wasn’t going to come back [to Windsor Castle or Buckingham Palace], I think she wanted to be in Balmoral and she wanted to pass there.”

Mr Edwards agreed, saying: “The Queen, with serious health issues, decided nonetheless that she did want to spend a good deal of time at Balmoral during the summer.

“That decision speaks volumes really about the fact that she was A) very comfortable to be in Balmoral, somewhere where she was happy to be with lots of good memories.

“But knowing too, with health issues and the challenges there, it might be a difficult stay and yet she insisted on making the journey.”

Ms Nicholls, Vanity Fair’s Royal Correspondent, added: “She insisted on making the journey and I think, she was the Queen of Scots and I think she wanted this to be part of her homecoming, her ultimate homecoming.”

She claimed that the late monarch loved Balmoral, as she was able to “leave her crown at the gates”.

The expert explained: “I think Balmoral was the one place where she could actually leave her crown at the gates and be a different role, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother.

“I actually think there’s a bit of her that knew she wasn’t going to come back, I think she wanted to be in Balmoral and she wanted to pass there.

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It will lie in state in Westminster Hall from Wednesday until the day of her funeral next Monday.

People who wish to pay their respects to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch can visit the Palace of Westminster in London and join 24-hour lines from Wednesday at 5pm.

It was initially estimated that 40,000 people would turn up each day.

But it has since been estimated that more than 750,000 may wish to attend the five-night vigil.

The Queen will rest in her closed coffin on a raised platform.

The former monarch’s state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on September 19 at 11am.

Since her death was announced on Thursday, thousands of people have travelled to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Balmoral to pay their respects.

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