Queen Elizabeth II died of “old age” – Death certificate reveals

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Queen Elizabeth II died of “old age”, according to her death certificate, which has been released by the National Records of Scotland.

The certificate records the Queen died at 15:10 on 8 September in Balmoral Castle, at the age of 96.

Princess Anne is recorded as the person providing the information about the Queen’s death.

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For “occupation” of the deceased, the official form says: “Her Majesty the Queen.”

The doctor who certified the death at Balmoral in Aberdeenshire was Douglas Glass, who Buckingham Palace says was an “apothecary to the Queen”.

Her cause of death is recorded as “old age”, without any further details.
Queen Elizabeth II died of "old age" - Death certificate reveals

“Old age” is only usually given as the sole cause of death in very limited circumstances.

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This would be where the certifying doctor has personally cared for someone over a long period; where a gradual decline has been observed and where a doctor is not aware of any identifiable disease or injury contributing to a death.

Buckingham Palace had formally announced the Queen’s death at 18:30, with news organisations around the world immediately relaying the announcement that: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.”
There were subsequent reports that the Prime Minister Liz Truss had been privately notified earlier at 16:30.

This death certificate shows the Queen had died at 15:10, more than three hours before the news was publicly released.

Buckingham Palace had confirmed in a statement of 12:32 that there were health concerns – but that the Queen was “comfortable” and “under medical supervision”.King Charles – then Prince Charles – and his sister Princess Anne had already been in Scotland.
But other members of the Royal Family travelled by air that afternoon, including Prince William.
After the drive from the airport, Prince William, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward and his wife Sophie arrived at Balmoral at about 17:00.
The stark details of the death certificate record the Queen’s status as “widowed” and give some family details.
It requires the names and occupations of parents – her father formally recorded as Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor, whose occupation was King George VI, her mother as Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon, who was Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
The Queen’s death certificate was released on the same day that the public was able to see her final resting place for the first time.
Hundreds queued outside Windsor Castle to view the King George VI memorial chapel, inside St George’s Chapel, where a ledger stone inscribed with the late monarch’s name lies.

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