The National Records of Scotland published the Queen’s death certificate, which contained the exact cause and time of death.
According to the document, the late monarch passed at 3:10 PM on September 8 at Balmoral Castle in Ballater, with Her Majesty’s official cause of death listed as “old age”.
The noted certifying medical practitioner is Douglas James Allan Glass, the Queen apothecary and doctor in Scotland, with old age listed as the only cause of death. The Registrar General for Scotland, Paul Lowe, confirmed that the Queen’s death was registered on 16 September 2022 in Aberdeenshire.
We understand that her son King Charles III, and her daughter, Princess Anne, were by Her Majesty’s side during her last moments, with Princess Royal Anne being named as the “informant” on the document, meaning she informed the registrar and signed the certificate.
Princess Royal Anne, who accompanied her mother’s coffin from Balmoral to London via Edinburg, later revealed she was with the Queen in her final moments, saying: “I was fortunate to share the last 24 hours of my dearest mother’s life.”
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral was held at Westminster Abbey, while her committal service was held at Windsor.
Following the ceremonies, a private service was held on 19 September. which saw the Queen laid to rest with her late husband, Prince Philip, it was attended by her close family.
As a matter of public record, Her Majesty’s death certificate was revealed, and requests to see the certificate go through the National Records of Scotland. According to the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act of 1965, all deaths must be registered within seven days – including the submission of a death certificate to a registrar.
Had she died in England, there would be no need to release an official cause of death, as the Registration Act of 1836 does not apply to monarchs.
When Prince Philip passed away in 2021 no announcement was made from the Palace – a month later it emerged that his official cause of death had also been simply recorded as “old age” by the head of the royal medical household, Sir Huw Thomas.