Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96 on September 8 at her Balmoral Castle home in the Scottish Highlands

KEY POINTS

  • The National Records of Scotland released Queen Elizabeth II's death certificate Thursday
  • The document showed the Queen died of "old age" at 3:10 p.m. local time on Sept. 8
  • Her occupation was listed as "Her Majesty The Queen" in the certificate

Queen Elizabeth II's cause of death was revealed Thursday, three weeks after she passed away.

The National Records of Scotland released the late monarch's death certificate, which referred to Britain's longest-reigning monarch as Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor.

The document stated that Queen Elizabeth II died of "old age" at 96 years old at 3:10 p.m. local time on Sept. 8. Her occupation was listed as "Her Majesty The Queen."

According to the death certificate, the Queen's daughter, Princess Anne, was the informant of her death.

Royal correspondent and author Omid Scobie posted a copy of the document via Twitter Thursday.

The Queen's cause of death immediately became a topic of discussion among social media users. Some were confused about why old age was listed as the cause.

"Cause of death 'old age'? Someone needs their medical license revoked (as soon as possible)," one user tweeted.

Another commented, "I didn't know 'old age' was a cause of death. Why not natural causes?"

One Twitter user addressed the confusion, writing, "Genealogy researcher here. To answer your question, it is a cause listed on death certificates. I believe it was listed on some (certificates) for people over 80. The ones I had seen weren't certified by a medical professional as they just presumed that's what caused it at that age. However, that isn't the case for all! There were plenty that were certified with a determined cause of death. It's just for some, they just listed old age as the cause."

Some users also took jabs at those who claimed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal exit and interviews contributed to the Queen's deteriorating health before she died.

"So, the cause of death is not Meghan like the royal reporters and royal experts reported?" one sarcastically asked.

Another added, "I thought the No. 1 cause of death was 'Archetypes' Podcast! Now it's old age. Some ain't right! So she just welcomed the new prime minister with a smile 'working' and died the next day."

"I really taught the causes would include: Oprah interview, Harry breaking her heart for arriving late, Harry and Meghan moving to Canada. Oh well," a third user wrote with a laughing emoji.

Buckingham Palace announced the late regent's death on Sept. 8, hours after she was under "medical supervision" from her doctors.

"The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon," the palace said in a statement. "The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."

King Charles III also released a statement following the death of the Queen. In his message, he spoke about how the death of his "beloved mother" was "a moment of great sadness for me and all members of my family."

"We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world," he added. "During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held."

The unionist community's loyalty to the UK was embodied in this mural dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II in Belfast