One year later, the cause of Queen Elizabeth II’s death revealed

Queen Elizabeth II passed a year ago (Picture: Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

History was made a year ago today when, on September 8, 2022, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II died.

The late Queen had ruled for 70 years, since February 6, 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI, who was crowned King after his brother Edward VIII abdicated in 1936.

Despite Her Majesty’s advanced years, news of the Queen’s death came as a shock to many – just two days earlier, she had received both Boris Johnson and Liz Truss at Balmoral, officially appointing the latter as Prime Minister.

But on the morning of September 8, 2022, Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying that doctors were concerned for the Queen’s health, and that she remained ‘comfortable’ at Balmoral.

At 6.30pm, the death of Queen Elizabeth II was officially announced.

So why did the Queen appear to die so suddenly, and what was the cause of her death?

What was the cause of Queen Elizabeth II’s death?

According to her death certificate, Queen Elizabeth II died of ‘old age’.

Queen Elizabeth’s death certificate (Picture: via REUTERS)

However, following her death, author Gyles Brandreth – and a friend of Her Majesty’s late husband, Prince Philip – claimed the queen had been suffering from cancer.

In his book ‘Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait’, he stated that the late queen had ‘myeloma’,  a type of bone marrow cancer which does not have a cure, but there are treatments which can help extend life for many years.’

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He wrote: ‘I had heard that the Queen had a form of myeloma — bone marrow cancer — which would explain her tiredness and weight loss and those “mobility issues” we were often told about during the last year or so of her life.’

Two days before her death, Queen Elizabeth met with Liz Truss at Balmoral (Picture: Jane Barlow/Pool via REUTERS)

Royal biographer Lady Colin Campbell, also claimed Her Majesty had bone cancer.

Speaking to HELLO! magazine, Mr Brandreth said: ‘It’s not unusual for a doctor to write “old age” on a death certificate when a person over 80 dies, as happened with the Queen.

Gyles Brandreth with Queen Camilla joining children and care home residents in London last month (Picture: Doug Seeburg/The Sun/PA Wire)

‘The Queen’s doctor in Scotland, who had been her physician for 30 years, said they had known about her condition for some time and the end was not unexpected.

‘I really didn’t want to upset anyone, yet if it’s going to be confirmed – and one day it will – at least I, as a reporter, am saying what was out there.’

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