Queen Elizabeth II’s cause of death revealed on her death certificate


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Queen Elizabeth II died of “old age,” according to her official death certificate, which did not note any contributing factors.


In extracts from the queen’s death certificate, released by the National Records of Scotland on Thursday, the local time of death for the 96-year-old monarch was shown as 3:10 p.m. That detail and others provide a glimpse into the final day of her life.

The queen died Sept. 8 at Balmoral Castle, the royal residence in the Scottish highlands where she spent her summer vacations. At 12:32 p.m. that day, the palace released a highly unusual statement saying that doctors were concerned for her health.

The news spread immediately, and soon it was revealed that the queen’s children and grandchildren, including Prince William and Prince Harry, were rushing to her bedside.


At 6.30 p.m., a second palace statement announced that the queen had “died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.” The time of death suggests that only the queen’s two eldest children — Charles and Anne — had made it by then to Balmoral.

Several days after the queen’s passing, Princess Anne issued a personal statement saying, “I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest mother’s life.”

The official document lists her — the queen’s only daughter — as the “informant.” That signifies that she was the relative who registered the death, filling out the same paperwork as every family in Scotland completes after someone dies.

The document also lists the deceased’s occupation as “Her Majesty The Queen.” The record shows only one cause of death.


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