The Queen died of ‘old age’, Her Majesty’s recently released death certificate revealed today.
The 96-year-old monarch died at Balmoral Castle on Thursday, September 8, at 3:10 p.m., more than three hours before the public was informed.
The death certificate, published by the National Records of Scotland, cites her as dying of “old age”. The informant of her death was the princess royal, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne.
The time of death in the historical document, which gives the monarch’s occupation as ‘Her Majesty the Queen’, means that only King Charles and his only sister were at their mother’s side when she died in Aberdeenshire three weeks ago today.
It has also confirmed what was suspected on that tragic day, that most of the Queen’s children and grandchildren tried in vain to be with her during the last hours of the deceased monarch.
Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie Countess of Wessex, were on the air when the queen passed away. They had been running towards Balmoral, taking off from RAF Northolt in South Ruislip, west London, at 2:39pm and landing an hour later.
Prince Harry was not on the plane with his brother and had to make his own trip to Scotland on a jet from Luton after his grandmother died. He landed in Aberdeen at 6:46 pm, 16 minutes after the Palace made its announcement.
Douglas James Allan Glass is the certifying registered physician. Dr. Glass is a GP from the Highland village of Aboyne, about 20 miles from Balmoral.
Revealed: The Queen’s death certificate has been released and says her cause of death was ‘old age’
The last photo taken of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, two days before she died, when she met Liz Truss and asked her to form a government.
Queen Elizabeth II: A timeline of how her death was announced and how her family ran to be by her side
Thursday, September 8
12:10: Liz Truss is informed in the House of Commons that the Queen is ill
12:35: Buckingham Palace issues a statement announcing that the Queen is under medical supervision at Balmoral after doctors became “concerned about her health”. A Palace spokesman said: “Following further assessment this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remain under medical supervision.” The queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.
12:47: Clarence House releases a statement confirming that Prince Charles and his wife Camilla would travel to Balmoral. He said: ‘The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have traveled to Balmoral.’
12:48: A minute later, Kensington Palace announces that Price William is traveling to Balmoral. The statement read: “The Duke of Cambridge is also traveling to Balmoral.”
13:55: A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirms that the couple “will travel to Scotland”. While the initial statement mentioned ‘Scotland’, it did not directly mention Balmoral. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were due to attend the WellChild Awards ceremony in London on Thursday night, but changed their travel plans to see the Queen.
14:39: Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex take off from RAF Northolt.
15:10: The queen is declared dead
15:40: Plane carrying William and other royals lands in Aberdeen
16:14: A Press Association (PA) news alert said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would travel to Balmoral “separately” from other royals.
16:30: Liz Truss is informed of the Queen’s death
16:39: Less than 30 minutes later, PA issued another news alert, citing an unnamed source, saying that the Duchess of Sussex would not be traveling to Balmoral with the Duke of Sussex. The source said that Prince Harry would make the trip alone. A source said the Duchess could join Harry in Scotland at a later date, following what PA described as a “change of plan”.
five pm: Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex arrive at Balmoral
17:35: Prince Harry takes off from Luton
18:30: The royal family announces via the social networking site Twitter that Queen has died “peacefully” at Balmoral at the age of 96.
18:46: Prince Harry lands at Aberdeen Airport on a private jet from Luton
20:00: The Duke of Sussex arrives at Balmoral
Old age was the only cause of death listed, with no other contributing factors. It was the same cause of death listed on the death certificate of her husband, Prince Philip.
Paul Lowe, the Registrar General for Scotland, confirmed that the Queen’s death was recorded in Aberdeenshire on September 16, 2022.
Paying tribute to her mother, the Queen, the Princess Royal revealed that she was with the head of state in his final moments.
Anne, who accompanied her mother’s coffin on its journey from Balmoral to London via Edinburgh, said: “I was lucky enough to share the last 24 hours of my dear mother’s life.
The princess is named as an ‘informant’ in the document and reportedly notified the local registrar of her mother’s death.
The hours before and after the Queen’s death were dominated by her family’s rush to be at her side.
Princess Anne was already at Balmoral having been performing public engagements. King Charles was also in Scotland with Queen Camilla in Dumfries and jumped into a helicopter to be with her in her final hours.
The rest of the Royal Family was in London and the South East.
William traveled with his uncles Andrew and Edward and his aunt Sophie, Countess of Wessex. It appears they were airborne from RAF Northolt up to the time the Queen died, taking off from London at 2:39pm and landing about an hour later.
They arrived at Balmoral, with William at the wheel, around 5 p.m. Prince Harry traveled alone from Luton, landing about 16 minutes after the queen’s death was announced to the world at 6:46 p.m.
Ten days ago, Buckingham Palace aides reacted angrily to claims that Harry was given just five minutes’ notice of his grandmother’s death before it was made public.
It came after a news report claimed that the devastated royals had been the last to know of her passing, with even being told by her father after Prime Minister Liz Truss at 4:30 p.m.
The Telegraph suggested this was yet another example of the rift between the prince and his family following his decision to step down from royal duties and launch a series of accusations about the way he and Meghan were allegedly treated.
But there was clear irritation at Buckingham Palace that such claims surfaced on the eve of the Queen’s funeral, which was seen as highly disrespectful under the circumstances.
In a rare statement on such a private matter, a spokesman for the King emphasized: “The public was only informed after all members of the family had been informed.”
The Mail understands that while it is true that Harry was told shortly before the news was made public.
The reason for this was because he was on a flight to Scotland and could not be contacted.
His father had called him and his brother, William, earlier in the day to tell them to get to Scotland as quickly as possible since their grandmother was fading fast.
He then returned to the Queen’s side.
After she died, he insisted on calling them back personally to break the news that she had passed away peacefully at Balmoral before the attendants went through the necessary paperwork to inform the prime minister that the country’s head of state had died.
While Harry was on the air, Charles personally insisted that the news not be made public until he himself had a chance to inform his youngest son. A statement was then issued to the nation.
What does it mean to die of ‘old age’? Is it a common cause of death?
It is common to hear that someone has died of “old age”, but official advice is that doctors should avoid using only “old age” on death certificates.
The description is only accepted if the patient is over 80 years old and if the doctor has personally cared for the patient for a long period, observing a gradual decline.
It can also only be used if doctors are unaware of any identifiable disease or injury that contributed to the death.
The phrase refers to the ‘sum total of lifetime injuries’ to the body’s tissues and organs, doctors say.
However, other experts argue that you can’t really die of old age. Instead, they claim that age simply makes someone more susceptible to heart or kidney disease, two diseases that can kill.
The original story was later removed from The Telegraph’s website.
The death certificate has confirmed what was suspected that day, that some of the Queen’s children and grandchildren tried in vain to be with her during the last hours of the deceased monarch.
William drove his uncles, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex, who was joined by his wife, from Aberdeen Airport to Balmoral, arriving shortly after 5pm, while the Duke of Sussex was driven through the gates shortly after.
The man who was in charge of looking after the Queen’s health was Professor Sir Huw Thomas, Head of the Medical House and former physician to the Queen.
Dr. Douglas Glass, who held the title of Queen’s Apothecary and in 2019 acted as Charles’ physician when he made an official visit to Germany, certified the late monarch’s cause of death.
Old age is acceptable if the physician certifying the death has cared for the patient for a long time, was not aware of any illness or injury contributing to the death, and had observed a gradual decline in the person’s general health and functioning.
The Queen had been experiencing sporadic mobility problems during the final period of her life and regularly used a cane in public.
The health development came after the head of state was secretly admitted to a private London hospital for “preliminary investigations” in October last year, her first overnight admission in eight years.
The monarch soon returned to her desk at Windsor Castle, but spent the next three months on doctors’ orders to do only light duty and missed a number of high-profile events, including the Cop26 climate change summit in Glasgow and the Festival of Remembrance.
Following tradition, the queen was spending her summer holidays at Balmoral and, a few days before she died, she fulfilled one of her main duties of state and asked Liz Truss to form a government and become her fifteenth prime minister.
The queen was laid to rest on September 19, after 70 years of service, after family, friends and the nation said a fond farewell to the late monarch.
For the woman who never intended to be sovereign, the Queen kept her promise to serve the nation and the Commonwealth and earned the respect of many, from world leaders to the public.
His grieving family walked behind his coffin during the long day of his funeral and burial, a simple but public tribute, and the emotion was clear on the face of King Charles III, who traveled to Scotland shortly after, where he stayed with his queen. Consort.