death certificate – Manila Bulletin
LONDON, UK – Queen Elizabeth II died of “old age” at 3:10 p.m. (2:10 p.m. GMT) on September 8, according to her death certificate released on Thursday, nearly three and a half hours before the news broke. announced to the world.
The 96-year-old monarch died at her estate of Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands.
Elizabeth was the longest-serving monarch in British history and ruled as head of state for 70 years from 1952.
The certificate issued by the National Records of Scotland shows his death was recorded on September 16 by the Queen’s only daughter, Princess Anne.
Anne said in a statement released by Buckingham Palace on September 13 that she was present for the last 24 hours of her mother’s life.
The certificate lists the Queen’s place of death as “Balmoral Castle”; his “habitual residence” as Windsor Castle; the name of her late husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; and the full names of her father, King George VI, and Queen Mother Elizabeth.
Under the section marked ‘occupation’ it says: ‘Her Majesty the Queen’.
If the Queen had died in England, there would have been no obligation to register her death, as the law only applies to subjects of the sovereign.
But the legislation, which dates from 1836, does not apply in Scotland, which has a separate legal system from England and Wales and states that “every person’s death” must be recorded.
The death was certified by Douglas James Allan Glass, a local GP in the village of Braemar near Balmoral who served as “Queen’s Apothecary” for 34 years.
The Times said he was there when she died while leading a routine operation for the estate’s staff, but said it was “not unexpected” due to his age.
“We have been concerned about the Queen’s health for several months. I was there when he died and that time is listed on the death certificate,” the 68-year-old doctor said.
“The main cause of death is recorded. It was planned and we were fully aware of what was going to happen.
“Princess Anne was very present and Prince Charles was present.”
The timing of his death confirms that the Queen’s two younger sons, Princes Andrew and Edward, Edward’s wife Sophie and Prince William’s grandson did not arrive at Balmoral in time.
They landed at Aberdeen Airport in the northeast of Scotland at 3.50pm and arrived at Balmoral just after 5.00pm. William’s younger brother Prince Harry arrived there later that evening.
The Queen’s eldest son and successor, King Charles III, said his office traveled to Balmoral earlier today.
The cause of death listed only as ‘old age’, with no other cause listed, could end speculation that the queen suffered from a particular illness in the last year of her life.
Two days before her death, she performed her last great constitutional duty by accepting Boris Johnson’s resignation as Prime Minister and asking his successor Liz Truss to form a government.
But official photographs of her smiling and leaning on a stick showed a deep purple bruise on the back of her hand.
Truss’s spokesman later told reporters that the new Prime Minister was informed of the Queen’s death at 4.30pm that day.
The news was officially released at 6:30 p.m.
The Queen had been in poor health since spending an unplanned night in a private London hospital in October 2021, forcing her to pull out of a series of official engagements.
Buckingham Palace attributed the cancellations to ‘episodic mobility issues’ – difficulties walking and standing that led her to use a stick and even a motorized buggy at public events.
Earlier this year she was brought down by a bout of Covid and later admitted it left her ‘exhausted’.
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