Elizabeth II: What did the Queen die of? A doctor explains

The announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, which occurred on September 8, 2022, may have surprised many since she had appeared a few hours earlier smiling with Liz Truss. But one detail had intrigued her: her blackened hand. A doctor provides details on what may have caused his death.

The Queen of England, Elizabeth II, died on Thursday September 8, 2022 at the age of 96. She took her last breath at her castle in Balmoral, Scotland. A few hours earlier, his doctors had published an unexpected statement in which they said they were worried about his health. The general public also panicked after seeing his blackened hand extended to the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss. Since then, tearful fans of the monarch have been wondering: what did she die of?

What disease did Elizabeth II take?

The Mail Online interviewed physician Deb Cohen-Jones, who reacted to the photos of Elizabeth II's hand, elaborating on what may have caused her death. ' Everything suggests that there was possible evidence of peripheral vascular disease (MVP). It is a blood circulation disorder that causes blood vessels outside your heart and brain to narrow, block, or spasm. This can sometimes lead to heart failure. If your peripheral circulation is so bad, the organs don't get a good blood supply. This may be a sign of multi-organ failure “, she explained. Would the sovereign therefore have had a heart attack? For the time being, Buckingham Palace has not provided any details on her death.

Diseases and sufferings of the queen at the end of her life

Elizabeth II, who also seemed to suffer from osteoporosis as evidenced by her hunched figure, would she have hidden her declining health in recent months? While her appearances became increasingly rare, the queen also regularly wore gloves... Thus, it was difficult to know if she had been suffering from peripheral vascular disease for a long time. If that were the case, ' she must have been in excruciating pain because it seemed quite advanced “, added the doctor, after analyzing the photos.

The funeral is organized

Since the Queen died in Scotland, Operation Unicorn was set up, a spin-off from Operation London Bridge, which fits in with strict rules for the organization of the Queen's funeral. His body should first be transported from Aberdeen and rest at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official royal residence in Edinburgh, then should then be placed for a time in Saint-Gilles Cathedral. Thereafter, the body will be repatriated to London where the state funeral will take place, ten days after his death, at Westminster Abbey.



Elizabeth II, fille de l'ancien roi George VI, est ascended the throne in February 1952 after the death of his father but his official coronation had not taken place until June 1953; it was then the first to be broadcast on television. During her lifetime, she gave birth to four heirs : Charles (Prince of Wales), direct successor to the throne of England, Anne (royal princess), Andrew (duc d'York) et Edward (Earl of Wessex). Children born of his marriage to prince philip (Duke of Edinburgh), died April 2021.

To date, who will succeed him? The answer is simple, it is his eldest son Prince Charles who is the 1st in the order of succession to the throne of England.

A life narrated in audio:

Childhood of the sovereign, accession to the throne, longevity at the head of the royal family... In 70 years of reign, Elizabeth II has seen it all, lived it all and entered into history. ' It will cross eras, worlds. 70 years of power. It will oscillate between Labor or Conservative governments (...) It will go through wars, political or economic crises. But also family dramas, which will shake the royal family “, relates Podcast Story, which offers an audio format dedicated to the life of the monarch.

Queen's funeral: everything has been ready for years

While the health of the Queen of England, head of the Anglican Church and queen of the Commonwealth, has been declining in recent months, a special plan for her death had actually been prepared for a long time. Called Operation London Bridge, it dates back to the 60s! The funeral of Elisabeth - who had achieved the feat of becoming the second longest reigning monarch in the history of the world - must respect strict rules. It was the Queen's private secretary who was the first to know of the terrible news. The latter is then responsible for announcing it himself to the English Prime Minister (currently Liz Truss, who met the Queen on September 6, after having succeeded Boris Johnsson) by dictating the following sentence to him: 'London bridge is down', 'London Bridge has collapsed' in French. A code name that will immediately make it clear to the head of government that the sovereign is deceased. The official protocol will thus be instantly put in place and the country will enter a period of national mourning of twelve days.

Charles, Meghan and Harry at the Queen's bedside for her final moments

The British press reports that the Queen's four children, including Prince Charles (direct heir, successor to the throne of England) are now in Scotland. Even her grandson, Prince Harry, is with her.

No doubt that lately, despite her fragile health, the queen has been keeping an active eye on the members of her clan. Did she have any words for George, Charlotte and Louis, the children of Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton who have just started school at a new school?

Why Elizabeth II never wanted to abdicate

Elizabeth II, who celebrated her Platinum Jubilee last June on the occasion of her 70 years of reign, has drastically reduced her outings and meetings for several months because her health is fragile. But no question of abdicating, the sovereign categorically refusing to leave the throne for the benefit of her son Prince Charles, as long as she is alive. 'One of the main reasons why the queen will absolutely not abdicate is (...) she is an anointed queen [i.e. she has received her authority from God, editor's note] and if you are an anointed queen, you do not abdicate “, had thus explained the historian Hugo Vickers to the site of the Guardian. “The abdication is unthinkable (…) The mission with which it is invested is, for it, of divine essence. Only death can deliver him “, added for his part the journalist and author Jean des Cars, with the Parisian.

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Elizabeth II, a reign of 70 years

Born in London on April 21, 1926, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II also made a habit of double birthday party : privately on D-Day, then during an official ceremony in June, according to an age-old tradition intended to escape the whims of the weather (Legend has it that rain often falls in the United Kingdom)... Eliza­beth, Alexan­dra, Mary Windsor is the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, the granddaughter of King George V and Queen Mary. Her fate changes when her uncle, King Edward VIII, renounces the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, making her the new crown princess of the kingdom.

Elizabeth II and Prince Philip: his forever love

Falling madly in love with the Prince of Greece and Denmark at the age of 13, Her Majesty has, according to her friends, never laid eyes on another man. The Duke of Edinburgh (unfortunately passed away in April 2021 aged 99) is her best friend, her staunchest ally, the only one, in her words, who treats her 'like a normal human being'.

Elizabeth II, a woman of records

In April 1942, Princess Elizabeth was appointed, on her 16th birthday, Colonel-in-Chief of the Grenadier Guards. Two years later, she enlisted in the Auxiliary Territorial Service as an apprentice driver of ambulances and military trucks. She is now recognized as 'the only head of state in the world who wore the uniform in 39–45…' Instituted on February 6, 1952 at the age of 25, (crowned on June 2, 1953) Queen Elizabeth II broke the longevity record held by her great-grandfather Victoria who reigned between 1837 and 1901. She even broke the record which was held by the King of Thailand (Rama IX), who died on October 13, 2016, remained on the throne for 69 years!

Elizabeth II: some crazy numbers...

Distinguished rider, great-grandmother, keen on canines, Lilibet has walked 62 dogs, seen 15 Prime Ministers, 7 Popes, as many Archbishops of Canterbury and visited ten French Presidents. . Faithful to her 'oath of the Cape', uttered on the occasion of her 21st birthday, she devotes her life, 'whether long or short', to the service of her subjects, observes an unfailing political neutrality, continues to ensure receptions, public appearances and official trips at a frenetic pace (393 official engagements in 2014 to 341 in 2015 and 332 in 2016)... Always on the right foot, the queen? In November 2019, the press competed in superlatives to comment on a series of photos showing her, on the back of a horse, in Windsor, without a bomb, with a simple scarf tied on her head....

What was the queen's role in the face of the 'Megxit' and the falling out with Harry and Meghan?

Moreover, Elizabeth II even asserts herself as one of the last cohesion factors in a UK plagued by regionalisms, deeply divided since the Brexit vote and the election of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, and still confused by the ' Megxit ', the flight of Meghan Markle and Harry to a new life. If the queen is initially deeply pained by the decision of her beloved grandson (and the fact that he did not warn her before saying goodbye on social media), the Queen then masterfully arranges the situation and prevents Archie's parents from being anathema forever.

After calling several emergency meetings with his family to discuss Megxit , she finally states in January 2020: ' After months of conversations and recent discussions, I am delighted that together we have found a constructive and encouraging outcome for my grandson and his family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be beloved members of my family '. The royal scandal is avoided... Elizabeth II, a rock even in the storm.

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