Princess Anne reveals concerns of late Queen about the challenges of passing away at Balmoral Estate.

Princess Royal reveals details of Elizabeth II’s final days in BBC documentary to be aired on Boxing Day

The late queen, even in her final days, remained focused on her duty despite concerns about dying at Balmoral, according to the Princess Royal.

Anne, in a documentary marking the first year of King Charles’s reign, says that Elizabeth II was advised that her worries should not influence the decision-making process.

Queen Elizabeth passed away peacefully at Balmoral in Scotland on September 8th last year at the age of 96, after reigning for 70 years.

Speaking about her mother in the documentary, Anne says, “I think there was a moment when she felt that it would be more difficult if she died at Balmoral. And I think we did try and persuade her that that shouldn’t be part of the decision-making process.”

With a laugh, she adds, “So I hope she felt that that was right in the end, because I think we did.”

In the BBC documentary “Charles III: The Coronation Year” to be shown on Boxing Day, Anne shares some of the late Queen’s thoughts during her final days.

Balmoral was known to be the Queen’s favorite royal residence, but she worried about the London Bridge plans and the potential issues it could cause if she passed away in Scotland. Different plans were in place for each of the main royal residences, with the Scotland arrangements referred to as Operation Unicorn.

The Princess Royal reveals that it was “serendipity” she was at Balmoral before her mother’s death, and she felt a sense of relief when the imperial state crown was removed from her coffin, symbolizing the passing of her role to Charles.

Anne describes watching as the crown jeweler, Mark Appleby, removed the crown, scepter, and orb from Queen Elizabeth’s coffin, with the royal family observing, before it was lowered into the royal vault.

“My mother’s funeral in St George’s, he takes the crown off the coffin – I rather weirdly felt a sense of relief, somehow that’s it, finished. That responsibility being moved on,” she says.

Touching on the challenges faced by her brother, the king, Anne says, “To be honest, I’m not sure that anybody can really prepare themselves for that kind of change … not easily. And then the change happens and you go: ‘OK, I now have to get on with it.’

“Monarchy is a 365 days a year occupation; it doesn’t stop because you change monarchs, for whatever reason.”

Anne also praises Queen Camilla for her exceptional understanding of her role as consort, providing comfort to Charles.

“I’ve known her a long time, off and on,” Anne says of Camilla, who is seen alongside Charles in much of the documentary. “Her understanding of her role and how much difference it makes to the king has been absolutely outstanding, and this role is not something she would have been a natural for, but she does it really well. And she provides that change of speed and tone, she’s equally modern.”

In the documentary, narrated by Helena Bonham Carter and featuring contributions from the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the prime minister, Rishi Sunak, and close friends, the king is shown giving a speech at a state banquet held in honor of Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African president, during his visit last autumn.

“It’s a big operation; the amount of entertaining is much bigger than even they recognized,” says Anne. “But I think my brother is learning things about the organization that he perhaps was very vaguely aware of before, and he’s enjoying that, too.”

“Charles III: The Coronation Year” will be aired on Boxing Day at 6.50pm on BBC One and iPlayer.

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