Part of Queen Elizabeth II’s death certificate has been released, confirming her official cause of death weeks after her passing.
Queen Elizabeth II’s death certificate has confirmed her formal cause of death was “old age”, and revealed exactly when she passed away, shedding new light on the timeline of that tragic day.
The certificate, part of which was released by the National Records of Scotland on Thursday night, Australian time, confirms that Her Majesty died at 3.10pm on September 8 at Balmoral Castle. Old age is the only cause listed.
The document shows the official informant was the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne, who was at her bedside when she died.
Elizabeth II’s death was registered in Aberdeenshire on September 16.
The revelation that she died at 3.10pm adds more context to the efforts senior royal family members, including her grandsons William and Harry, made to reach her bedside.
Her son Prince Charles - now King Charles III - arrived at Balmoral at 10.30am, joining his sister, Princess Anne. They would ultimately be the only family members to make it in time.
A public statement from Buckingham Palace, which revealed doctors were concerned for the Queen’s health and set off a storm of media coverage, was issued just after 12.30pm.
Her Majesty was still alive when the RAF plane carrying Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, took off for Balmoral at 2.39pm. That flight had been scheduled to leave at 1.30pm, but suffered a mysterious delay.
The group landed in Aberdeen at 3.50pm. By the time they arrived at Balmoral Castle, after 5pm, the Queen had been dead for about two hours.
Prime Minister Liz Truss was told at 4.30pm.
Then there is William’s brother, Prince Harry, who didn’t take off from Luton Airport in Bedfordshire until 5.35pm. Some British publications later reported Harry was told of his grandmother’s death only minutes before the 6.30pm announcement to the public.
This would mean he only found out more than three hours after it happened.
Harry’s plane finally landed at 6.46pm, and he reached Balmoral at 7.52pm.