Queen Elizabeth died of ‘old age’, death certificate says | Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II’s cause of death is described as “old age” in the register of deaths released on Thursday.

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

The Queen's entry in the register of deaths.
The Queen’s entry in the register of deaths. Photograph: National Records of Scotland

The document states that the 96-year-old monarch died at 3.10pm on 8 September at Balmoral Castle, Ballater. Princess Anne registered her mother’s death from her.

Douglas James Allan Glass is noted as the certifying registered medical practitioner. Old age was the only cause of death listed, with no other contributing factors. Glass is an apothecary to the Queen, her doctor in Scotland.

The record shows that the Queen died just over three hours before the news was announced by Buckingham Palace in a statement at 6.30pm.

The time of death confirms the Queen died as many of her family were still traveling to see her. The King, Queen Consort and Princess Royal were at Balmoral because they were already in Scotland undertaking engagements.

The Prince of Wales, Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the Duke of York, had flown from RAF Northolt, arriving at Aberdeen Airport at 3.50pm and reaching Balmoral just after 5pm. The Duke of Sussex, traveling separately, arrived at Balmoral just before 8pm.

The prime minister, Liz Truss, was told of the Queen’s death at 4.30pm, Downing Street has previously said.

Concerns had been raised at around 12.35pm, when Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying saying doctors were concerned for the Queen’s health. Truss was later informed of her death by the cabinet secretary, Simon Case.

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