Details of the Queen’s last weekend revealed

A clergyman who spent the last weekend with the Queen said that Her Majesty told him she had ‘no regrets’ just five days before her death.

The Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields, 68, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, stayed with the Queen at Balmoral the weekend before she passed after he had performed a sermon at Braemar and Crathie Parish Church.

He also revealed that the Queen had been in good spirits during his stay as she joked about sending him to the Tower of London.

Speaking to ABC News, Greenshields said that the Queen’s Christian faith was fundamental to her 70-year reign.

‘She said right at the beginning of her time when she was becoming Queen that she was going to ask God for wisdom,’ he said.

‘And that’s something which persisted throughout her life.

‘When I was chatting to her about her faith, she said she had no regrets at all.’

Greenshields, who at no point felt as though it was the Queen’s final days, said that Her Majesty had power but used it in a way that was ‘beneficial to others’.

‘It seemed just astonishing that the woman who had been so vital, so alive, so engaging, should be all of a sudden, dead and away from us,’ the clergyman added.

Greenshields revealed that despite her being aged 96 and visibly frail, she became a ‘different kind of person’ once she started talking.

‘Somebody whose memory was exceptional, somebody who knew everything about you, so she’d done her homework,’ he said.

The 68-year-old, who had dinner and lunch with the 96-year-old, the Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal on the Sunday before Her Majesty’s death, also recalled her sense of humour.

‘I was stating in the Tower Rooms and she said, “Your Queen is sending you to the Tower!”.

‘And she just smiled at me as she said that – she made sure that I understood that I got the joke rather than it being too serious.’