Queen Elizabeth II died of “old age”


Time of death: 15:10 Reason: “old age”. Profession: “Her Majesty the Queen”. The death certificate of Elizabeth II, who died on 8 September at the age of 96, was made public Thursday by the National Archives of Scotland.

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After 70 years of reign, Elizabeth II died in her Scottish castle of Balmoral. Her death was announced from Buckingham Palace at 18:30 local time (17:30 GMT), but Prime Minister Liz Truss is known to have been informed at 16:30.

New details on this event with global repercussions have emerged with the publication of the certificate, signed by Princess Anne, daughter of Elizabeth II, who accompanied the sovereign in her last hours.

His eldest son, now Charles III, had arrived at Balmoral at noon, but his other children, Andrew and Edward, and William, Charles’s son, had not arrived until evening. Harry, William’s brother now retired from the monarchy, had only arrived much later, alone.

In the “profession” box of the certificate is written: “Her Majesty the Queen”. And Windsor Castle, on the western outskirts of London, appears there as its “usual” address: it has spent most of its time there since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, while Buckingham Palace, located in the capital, is usually the main residence of the British monarchs.

Queen Elizabeth II died of

If the queen had died in England, it would not have been necessary to fill out a death certificate, a legal requirement that applies to the sovereign’s subjects but not to the sovereign himself.

But this legal constraint, which dates back to 1836, does not apply in Scotland, which has a separate legal system and where the law states that “the death of every person” must be recorded.

Last wishes

Elizabeth II’s last public appearance was on September 6, when she tasked new Prime Minister Liz Truss with forming a government. The sovereign then appeared smiling but fragile, leaning on her staff.

In recent years the Palace has remained very discreet regarding the state of health of the sovereign. He had only revealed after leaks in the press the night of his hospitalization a year ago for exams, the nature of which has never been specified. Hence, mobility issues have been mentioned as it has canceled many public appearances.

Mystery and secrecy usually surround the death of members of the royal family. It has been a convention for over a century that, after the death of a prominent member of the British royal family, an application should be made to the judiciary to have the last wishes of the deceased sealed.

The wills of more than 30 members of the monarchy have been kept secret since 1910, according to the British newspaper The Guardianwhile UK law requires everyone’s last wishes to be made public, in particular to prevent fraud and inform beneficiaries.

Ten days of national mourning followed the queen’s death. Tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of people lined up to pay homage to her in front of her coffin, first in Edinburgh, then in London, in the borough of Westminster.

About 2,000 people, including heads of state and members of royal families, attended the state funeral at Westminster Abbey on 19 September. Thousands of other people lined the streets to see the coffin of this immensely popular queen in her country for the last time.


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