The Cause of Death of Queen Elizabeth II is Finally Revealed in Her Death Certificate


In the register of deaths released on Thursday (29 Sep), Queen Elizabeth II’s cause of death was described as “old age”.

The 96-year-old monarch passed away at 3:10pm on 8 September at Balmoral Castle, Ballater.

Princess Anne registered her mother’s death.

Douglas James Allan was noted as the certifying registered medical practitioner. He was the apothecary to the Queen in Scotland.

The registrar general for Scotland, Paul Lowe, confirmed that the late Queen’s death was registered in Aberdeenshire on 16 September.

Image: National Records of Scotland

The Sequence of Announcements

On the day of her demise, Buckingham Palace released a statement at 12:35pm saying that the doctors were concerned about the Queen’s health, and that she was under medical supervision.

Her death was officially announced at 6:30pm.

The time of death confirms that the Queen died as her family were travelling to see her.

King Charles III, his Queen Consort and the Princess Royal were at Balmoral because they were already in Scotland for various engagements.

The Princes of Wales (William), Earl and Countess of Wessex (Edward and Sophie), and the Duke of York (Andrew) had arrived at Aberdeen airport at 3:50pm, only reaching Balmoral after 4pm.

The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, arrived at Balmoral just after 8pm as he was travelling separately.

Liz Truss, the recently appointed prime minster, was informed about the Queen’s passing at 4:30pm, said Downing Street.

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Old age is an acceptable cause of death if the doctor certifying the death has cared for the patient for a long time, and was not aware of any disease or injury that may have contributed to the death, and had observed a gradual decline in the patient’s general health.

The Queen had sporadic mobility problems during the final period of her life, and she was regularly seen with a walking cane.

Due to her mobility issues, the monarch had withdrawn from most of her public engagements.

The Queen spent her summer break in Balmoral as per tradition, and performed one of her major duties of inviting Truss to form a government and become her 15th prime minister two days prior to her death. 


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