Sad Details As Well As Fascinating Information Revealed in the Queen's Death Certificate

Buckingham Palace released the official death certificate of Queen Elizabeth II from the National Records of Scotland. It sheds light into her final hours as well as fascinating details about the life of the late beloved monarch.

In the midmorning of September 8, 2022, the public was informed that the Queen was placed on strict medical supervision. No further details were given but hours later, senior members of the royal family - Prince William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie, rushed to Balmoral from England to be with the Queen. And their estimated arrival at the estate was around 5:00 in the afternoon.

Queen Elizabeth II last photo
The Queen's last public photo taken, September 6, 2022

It was also noted that the two elder children of the Queen, Prince Charles and Princess Anne were already in Balmoral before 12:00 noon. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were staying at his Scottish property, Dumfries, at that time, while the Princess Royal was still in Scotland attending royal engagements since the Braemar Games.

Prince Harry was the last senior member of the royal family to arrive in Balmoral around early evening, and after his grandmother's death was officially announced. He traveled to Scotland alone while Meghan stayed in London.

Only Charles III and Princess Anne were at her side

However, details on the Queen's death certificate recorded her death at 3:10 in the afternoon, which means that ONLY her two older children, now King Charles III and the Princess Royal, were present by her side during her final hours.

The Queen's death certificate released
The Queen's death certificate released

Her other two children, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex, daughter-in-law, the Countess of Wessex, as well as her grandson, Prince William, did not make it to see her alive when they arrived at Balmoral at half past 5:00 in the afternoon. While Prince Harry was still in transit when the Queen's death was announced at 6:30 in the evening.

Other fascinating details

There are also other interesting details recorded on the Queen's death certificate including the post codes of her residences, Balmoral Castle and Windsor Castle.

When the Queen was alive, there was a veil of secrecy shrouded her life, including her health, and only sketchy details were given to the public. In her death, there were also some restraint in providing information as only key details were revealed in the death certificate.

The doctor who certified the death at Balmoral in Aberdeenshire was Douglas Glass, who Buckingham Palace says was an "apothecary to the Queen".

The death certificate also noted the cause of death of the Queen as "old age". And the person who provided information was her only daughter, Princess Anne.

Under occupation it listed, "Her Majesty The Queen". She was also described as "widowed" and her husband was His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Her parents were listed as Albert Frederick Arthur George Windsor and his occupation was King George VI, and Elizabeth Angela Marguerete Bowes-Lyon Windsor and her occupation was Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

It also listed the death of place as Balmoral Castle and her residence as Windsor Castle, including the post codes of both places. And she died at 3:10 in the afternoon of September 8, 2022.

The Queen died of Old Age

The cause of death of the Queen, listed as "old age", has been viewed as "very limited" details into the monarch's health condition. None was given to the public on what Her Majesty's was experiencing physically other than mobility issues.

Buckingham Palace had confirmed in a statement of 12:32 in the afternoon that there were health concerns - but that the Queen was "comfortable" and "under medical supervision".

The death had been recorded by the local registrar in Aberdeenshire on 16 September, when the Queen was lying in state in Westminster Hall in London.

Did the Queen died of broken heart syndrome?

The palace doctors of course would not go further details on the real cause of the Queen's death other than old age. They would not confirm the speculation also that the Queen might have died of the broken heart syndrome.

Queen welcomed Liz Truss to Balmoral Castle
The Queen welcomed British PM Liz Truss to Balmoral Castle's drawing room

However, two days before the Queen died, on September 6, Tuesday, she performed her final duty as head of state when she welcomed Liz Truss, the new British Prime Minister, to Balmoral Castle to be formally appointed as Prime Minister.

In the pictures shared by the palace, the Queen looked frail and in her hand a dark mark was shown. It caused concerns to the public commenting that Her Majesty could have suffered a bad fall. However, others went on saying the Queen might have a blood clot.

Queen welcomed Liz Truss to Balmoral Castle

As the Queen was not heard being hospitalized, even in her final months. No illness was also heard, other than mobility issues. And so many speculations were raised on the real cause of her death.

Up until 2021, the Queen was sprightly active, even during the pandemic. She would attend virtual conferences and was vibrant and chatty with the participants. But when her husband, Prince Philip, died on April 9, 2021, the Queen was not in her usual self again.

And by October 2021, her health rapidly declined.

So did the Queen die of broken heart syndrome? Dr. Deb Cohen-Jones, an Australian GP, spoke to FEMAIL as published by the Daily Mail,  about what losing a loved one can do to the health of their partner - and whether it's medically possible to die from a broken heart. She also explained the stress on the body caused by grief.

"There is no strict science around it. But it's definitely an observed phenomenon", she said. "It's more about losing your "will" than it is about your health in some ways".

Queen Elizabeth II last photo

Buckingham Palace did not release a statement regarding the Queen's bruised hand. Her Majesty had no history of long illnesses or frequent confinement in the hospital, which made the public wonder as to what caused Her Majesty's death.

However, lately, an Australian doctor named Dr. Deb Cohen-Jones, who lives in Perth, Australia, revealed the health condition of the Queen based on the last photos at her final royal act. 

"It looks like there is possibly evidence of peripheral vascular disease", she said. "It's a blood circulation disorder that causes the blood vessels outside of your heart and brain to narrow, block, or spasm", she told FEMAIL.

"It can sometimes result in heart failure. If your peripheral circulation is poor, organs aren't receiving a good blood supply. It can be a sign of multi-organ failure".

What is a Peripheral Vascular Disease?

According to a medical dictionary, it is a slow and progressive circulation disorder. Narrowing, blockage, or spasms in a blood vessel can cause PVD.

Peripheral Vascular Disease may affect any blood vessel outside of the heart including the arteries, veins, or lymphatic vessels. 

Organs supplied by these vessels, such as the brain, and legs, may not get enough blood flow for proper function. However, the legs and feet are most commonly affected.

Peripheral vascular disease is also called peripheral arterial disease. Some of the well-known symptoms include intermittent pain, which may present as cramps or muscle fatigue, coldness of the affected body part, numbness, and pins and needles.

The late Queen's hands were mottled or marked with spots, which usually occurs when the heart is no longer able to pump blood effectively. 

The blood pressure slowly drops and blood flow throughout the body slows, causing extremities to begin to feel cold to the touch, Crossroads Hospice reported.

Sadly, Dr. Deb confirmed that Queen Elizabeth II "would have been in a lot of pain" if she suffered from the chronic disease because "t looks quite severe".

So did the Queen die of a broken heart syndrome? We may never know and certainly Buckingham Palace would not confirm it, however, here are indication that a person is suffering a broken heart syndrome. 

Broken heart syndrome, also known as stress cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy, is a real condition. It is basically caused by a sudden physical or emotional stress.

According to Mayo Clinic, Broken heart syndrome is a temporary heart condition that's often brought on by stressful situations and extreme emotions. 

Queen and Prince Philip honeymoon in Broadlands
Honeymoon in Broadlands, November 1947

Queen and Prince Philip Diamond wedding anniversary
60th wedding anniversary also taken in Broadlands, November 2007

What kinds of stress can cause broken heart syndrome?

  1. Grief from the death of a loved one and other large or meaningful loss (eg, divorce/relationship, job, home, money, beloved pet).
  2. Good news (e.g., surprise parties, winning the lottery).
  3. Bad news
  4. Intense fear (e.g. public speaking, armed robbery, car accident).
  5. Extreme anger

May Her Majesty The Queen rest in eternal peace. She was laid to rest on September 19 at King George VI Memorial Chapel near St. George's Chapel, Windsor, beside her husband, Prince Philip, her parents, King George VI and the Queen Mother, and younger sister, Princess Margaret. 

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip engagement photo
Taken in July 1947. Now, 2022, Together Again

The Queen's death certificate was released on the day Windsor Castle Tour reopens to the public. It was also the day members of the public can visit the final resting place of the Queen.

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