LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II died of “old age”, according to her death certificate, which was released Thursday by Scotland’s secretary general. The certificate, which lists her occupation as Her Majesty Her Queen, also notes that the Queen died at 3:10 pm on September 8 at Balmoral Castle.
The first data is indisputable, given that the queen was 96 years old. But the report offers no further details about her cause of death, which came two days after she was photographed standing and smiling as she greeted new British Prime Minister Liz Truss.
The time of death, just after 3 p.m., is more telling, as it came more than three hours before it was announced by Buckingham Palace at 6:30 p.m. That indicates no one in her family saw the person. queen just before her death, apart from King Charles III and his sister, Princess Anne, who were already in Scotland on official duties.
His other two sons, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, and grandson Prince William, arrived at Balmoral in the Scottish Highlands shortly after 5 p.m., while Prince Harry, who traveled by separately, did not arrive until shortly before 8:00 p.m.
The death certificate was registered in Aberdeenshire by Princess Anne. The doctor who certified it was Douglas James Allan Glass, and the Registrar General of Scotland, Paul Lowe, authorized its release.
Buckingham Palace first raised the alarm about the queen’s condition in a statement issued at 12:35 p.m. on September 8. She said that her doctors were concerned about her health and that she had been placed under medical supervision. Members of the royal family immediately began making their way to Balmoral Castle.
Mrs Truss had just announced a major intervention in the energy market in Parliament when news of the queen’s deteriorating condition began to circulate in the House of Commons. She left the chamber shortly after. Downing Street has said that Mrs Truss was informed of the queen’s death at 4:30 p.m.
The queen had mobility problems for several months before her death. She had canceled multiple public appearances, including most of the festivities marking her Platinum Jubilee, appearing only briefly on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a plane fly over in her honor.
In the photograph with Mrs. Truss, the queen was holding a cane in her left hand. She had also recovered from a bout of covid-19 in February, an experience that she later said left her exhausted and drained.