A highly placed palace source has broken the news that the Queen fell into a coma after a what is believed to have been an “aortic dissection”. A condition where damage to a major artery occurs that if not caught early is nearly 100% fatal.
More information will be reported as it is received.
Queen’s closest family members head to Balmoral
We’re hearing all the Queen’s children are either at or on the way to Balmoral.
The monarch has four children, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren:
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, is her eldest child and the heir to the throne. He is married to Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall
Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, is the Queen’s second child and only daughter. She is married to Vice Adm Timothy Laurence and has two children with her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips – Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, is the Queen’s third child and has two daughters with his former wife, the Duchess of York – Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. He stepped down as a “working Royal” in 2019 after a controversial Newsnight interview
Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex is her youngest child. He is married to the Sophie, the Countess of Wessex and they have two children – Louise and James Mountbatten-Windsor
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has also travelled to Balmoral today. The eldest son of Prince Charles and his first wife, Diana, Princess of Wales, he is married to Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. They have three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis