Queen Elizabeth is said to have known she would die in Scotland

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For Queen Elizabeth († 96) war Balmoral Castle is a place of relaxation and tranquillity. The royal head spent several summers here and vacations. A place that also became historical in a sad way: Because on September 8, the Queen fell asleep there forever . The fact that it was Balmoral Castle of all places is no coincidence for the 'Vanity Fair' Royal reporter Katie Nicholl. She wanted to 'leave her crown at the gates,' she told the BBC on Monday (September 12).

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Royal reporter Katie Nicholl: 'I think she wanted to be in Balmoral and she wanted to die there'

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Katie also said: 'The Queen knew she wasn't going to come back to Windsor Castle or Buckingham Palace. I think she wanted in be balmoral and she wanted to die there. She insisted on making the trip and I think she was the Queen of Scotland and I think she wanted this to be part of her homecoming, her ultimate homecoming.'

It was deeply moving for the reporter to see the Queen's coffin leave Balmoral on Sunday (September 11) because it was where the Queen 'enjoyed holidays as a little girl'.

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Here she could be 'mother, grandmother, great-grandmother'.

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Here they could be private: Queen Elizabeth and her family on Balmoral. © imago images/United Archives International, imago stock&people via www.imago-images.de, www.imago-images.de

Katie explained: 'I think Balmoral was the only place she could actually leave her crown at the gates and play a different role, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother. I actually think there was a part of her that knew she wasn't coming back. I think she wanted to be in Balmoral and she wanted to die there. And the fact that she did it peacefully is actually a blessing in all of this.”

Balmoral was also one of the favorite haunts of the Queen's late husband, Prince Philip, who died just weeks before his 100th birthday in April 2021. It was one of only two royal residences owned personally by the monarch, along with Sandringham in Norfolk.

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