Queen's official cause of death released by National Records of Scotland

The National Records of Scotland released to the public an extract from the death certificate of Her Majesty. The late sovereign, the entry in the Register of Deaths read, died of “old age”. The Queen’s certificate doesn’t mention any other causes of death. 

The entry also stated the late 96-year-old died at Balmoral Castle at 3.10pm on September 8. 

Members of the public were informed a few hours later of the passing of the Queen, with Buckingham Palace issuing a brief statement reading: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

“The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.” 

A little more than half an hour after this sad announcement, the new sovereign, King Charles III, released his own statement. 

It read: “The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family. 

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother.

“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.” 

The entry also provided a series of pieces of information already known by the public, including the Queen’s marital status – widowed – and the name of her spouse, Prince Philip.   

The Queen’s name was indicated in full as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary and, as a surname, the certificate stated “Windsor”. 

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The certificate also mentioned Windsor Castle as the late sovereign’s “usual residence”, and, addressing her occupation, it simply said: “Her Majesty The Queen”. 

The document also stated the informant of her death was the Princess Royal, the Queen’s only daughter.

Princess Anne herself mentioned spending Her Majesty’s last few hours at her bedside. 

In a statement shared on September 13, after Anne had travelled with the late sovereign’s coffin from Scotland to London, the royal said: “I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest Mother’s life.” 


She then expressed her thanks to the thousands of people who stepped out to mourn the Queen or pay tribute to her life and reign.

She said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to accompany her on her final journeys. Witnessing the love and respect shown by so many on these journeys has been both humbling and uplifting.

“We will all share unique memories. I offer my thanks to each and every one who share our sense of loss.

“We may have been reminded how much of her presence and contribution to our national identity we took for granted. 

“I am also so grateful for the support and understanding offered to my dear brother Charles as he accepts the added responsibilities of The Monarch. To my mother, The Queen, thank you.”   

The Queen had travelled to Scotland for her summer break in late July, after having carried out an in-person visit to Maidenhead and virtual audiences. 

She remained far from the public eye for several weeks, but continued to fulfil her duties as head of state by dealing with the Government’s red boxes. 

On September 6, she met outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the new Tory leader Liz Truss, whom was asked by the monarch to form a new Government. 

The following day, she issued a statement of condolences to the Governor General and the people of Canada following the stabbing in Saskatchewan which claimed the lives of 10 people. 

However, she skipped a meeting with the privy council after being advised to rest by her doctors. 

On September 8, just a few hours before her death, Buckingham Palace issued a rare and concerning update on the late sovereign’s health, which read: “Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision.

“The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”  

While members of the Royal Family closer to the monarch, including Prince William and Prince Edward, rushed to Balmoral following this statement, the newly-released certificate revealed they did not arrive in time to say goodbye to the Queen. 

The late monarch’s state funeral was celebrated on September 19, following 11 days of national mourning. 

Following a televised committal service, members of the Royal Family gathered for a private ceremony, during which the late sovereign was buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel alongside her father, mother, sister and beloved husband. 

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