Queen Elizabeth, her confessor reveals her last hours in Scotland: this is how she died

“Queen Elizabeth has not repented. He was at peace before he died and his thoughts were focused on his faith, his father King George VI and the beauty of Balmoral. Recounting the last moments of the sovereign, who died on September 8, 2022, aged 96, is the Rev. Iain Greenshields, then moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. A year ago, in the final days of the Queen’s life, she spent time as a guest of the Royal Family.

“His Majesty was frail – he says – but his mind was still sharp. She was very worried about Faith. It was the Platinum Jubilee year and he was looking back. He had a remarkable memory. He didn’t regret it.” Greenshields explains that he was surprised his visit was not cancelled, as he found the Queen of England in less than optimal physical condition. He was one of the few visitors allowed into Balmoral because numbers had been reduced out of fear. to tire the queen.

“There were just six people dining during the three nights she was there, including Sophie Wessex (now the Duchess of Edinburgh), the Royal Princess Anne and her husband, Commander Sir Timothy Laurence, John Warren, the Queen’s horse trainer and the sovereign herself”, recalls the priest. “During those last few meals, the Queen spoke of her love for Scotland. At one point she went to the window and said “who wouldn’t want to be here?” He was at peace with the world and it showed. When she died, I thought of my mother and how she, too, had spoken about faith in God just before she left us. So I wonder if people, even subconsciously, are preparing for the end. It’s also very common when people are dying to think about their parents, as the Queen did. He always considered life and his duties as head of state through the prism of the Christian faith and it seems that faith remained intact and firm.”

Greenshields delivered the homily in thanksgiving for Elizabeth II at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, on 11 September last year, and attended the funeral at Westminster Abbey.

Source: IL Tempo