NOS News•Today, 16:36
The death certificate of Queen Elizabeth (96) has been released by the Scottish State Archives. It states that old age was the cause of death of the very elderly queen.
The United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch died on September 8 at 3:10 p.m. local time (4:10 p.m. Dutch time), the document, signed by Elizabeth’s only daughter, Princess Anne, says. At that time, part of the royal family was still en route to Scotland, where they were staying at the time.
According to British media, Charles – then still a prince – and his wife Camilla were in Balmoral Castle at the time of the death, just like Princess Anne. Elizabeth’s other two children, Edward and Andrew, were late. Grandchildren William and Harry also arrived later.
The death certificate
Buckingham Palace issued a statement earlier that day at around 1.30 pm (Dutch time) reporting that Elizabeth’s health had deteriorated. Her death was finally announced at 7.30 pm Dutch time. Two days earlier, the queen had her last work appointment: she formally appointed Liz Truss as prime minister.
Last year, the queen had to miss more often on occasions. For example, she had to cancel work appointments a number of times and was unable to attend her entire anniversary celebration. The official reason for this was mobility problems, according to the palace.
Today, for the first time, interested parties could visit the chapel in Windsor Castle in which Elizabeth is buried. Hundreds of people stood outside waiting to be allowed in.
Visitors arrive at Windsor Castle