To die of old age – something you can’t do in NSW

It’s official. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, the late Queen of the UK has died of old age. We know so, because that’s what is stated on the Death Certificate at item 10: Cause of Death: Old Age.

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8. (Reuters: Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Good on the Brits for retaining this description, because it has been taken off the list in NSW. With the medicalisation of our ending of days, we have to die of something like a heart attack or cardiac arrest or the failure of some other organ in the body.

For centuries, people have died of old age, and still do. But now in these times of co-morbidities, we die of multiple causes of which one will get the nod and be recorded on the Death Certificate, regardless of whether it was old age, which for many elderly people will be the case.

According to a story posted on Friday 30 September, Queen Elizabeth II’s death certificate says the monarch died of ‘old age’.

A photo issued by the National Records of Scotland, shows the death certificate of Queen Elizabeth II. (AP: National Records of Scotland)

The country’s longest-reigning monarch died peacefully, at the age of 96, at Balmoral Castle, her summer home in the Scottish Highlands, on September 8.

And the certificate recorded her time of death as 3:10pm — three hours before her death was publicly announced.

The Queen, who spent 70 years on the throne, had been suffering from what Buckingham Palace had called “episodic mobility problems” since the end of last year, forcing her to withdraw from nearly all her public engagements.

Her certificate of death was registered by her daughter, Anne, The Princess Royal, on September 16.

Read the full story as published by the ABC at this link: Death Certificate says Queen died of ‘old age’.

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