Queen Elizabeth II officially died of old age, her death certificate has revealed. Released by the National Records of Scotland, it reads that the late monarch died at the age of 96, at 3.10 p.m. on 8 Sept. This means she passed away more than three hours before the sad news was confirmed by Buckingham Palace.
A statement had been released earlier in the day confirming concerns about the Queen's health. Her family had rushed to her side, but she died in Balmoral Castle. Her state funeral took place on Monday. 19 Sept. and was watched by more than 29 million people in the UK.
The Queen had dealt with a number of health issues in the past year, including a hospitalisation for her COVID-19 diagnosis in February 2022.
She was the second longest-ruling monarch in history, reigning for over 70 years. King Louis XIV of France was the first, ruling for 72 years and 110 days. However, in September 2015, she became the longest-ruling monarch in UK history, surpassing her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who spent 63 years and 216 days on the throne.
Elizabeth was just 25 years old when she was appointed to the throne in 1952 following the death of her father, King George VI. Elizabeth and Prince Philip, whom she had married in November 1947, were on a tour of Australia and New Zealand with a stop in Kenya when they got word that the king had died, making Elizabeth queen. In June 1953, Elizabeth was coronated at Westminster Abbey.
During her time as queen, Elizabeth was head of the Commonwealth. She celebrated huge milestones with her Silver, Golden, Diamond, Sapphire, and Platinum Jubilees. Elizabeth is survived by her four children, King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Prince Andrew.