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To be kept in a secret place: II. Elizabeth’s will will stay locked in a vault for 90 years

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The will of the monarch will be kept in a vault, along with similar documents from all deceased members of the royal family from 1910.

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Queen Elizabeth II, who died on 8 September. Elizabeth’s will will be sealed and placed in a special vault for the next 90 years. It is reported by Reuters.

Case, II. In addition to Elizabeth’s will, her husband Prince Philip (died in 2021) and her sister Princess Margaret (died in 2002) already have similar documents. The vault itself is located out of reach of outsiders. The judge oversees the security of documents.

The practice of sealing the will of monarchs: what is known about it

The practice of sealing the wills of monarchs in England dates back to 1910. Then Queen II. Elizabeth’s great-uncle, Prince Francis of Teck, has died. It was his first will placed in a safe.

The late Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, also has a will. Meanwhile, in 2007, Robert Brown, who claimed to be Margaret’s illegitimate son, wanted access to the princess’ will. However, the court downplayed his evidence and rejected it.

The public learned about this practice for the first time only in 2021, at the bequest of members of the royal family. Then, the will’s executor, Andrew Macfarlane, turned to the head of the Family Division of the London High Court with a request to seal Prince Philip’s will.

The judge decided that the will really needed to be sealed, but decided to publish his decision to give the public an idea of ​​what happened and why. It was then for the first time that a judge reported the existence of a vault containing royal wills.

Recall that in November 2021, a British judge revealed the contents of a secret royal vault. In addition to the document confirming the last will of the wife of the British monarch, 32 wills of other high-ranking members of the royal family are kept in this vault.

Focus had previously written that the contents of Prince Philip’s will remained a secret to the British and could be read in less than 90 years.

Source: Riafan

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