The official cause of Queen Elizabeth II’s death may never be revealed as Buckingham Palace remains silent on the circumstances that hastened her death.
But while the exact circumstances of the Queen’s death are kept secret, medical experts told News Corp that weakness and “geriatric syndrome” may have contributed to her deteriorating health.
However, officially the royal family announced that the 96-year-old woman “passed away peacefully” at her beloved Balmoral Castle in Scotland. More specific details are not reported.
Hours before her death, a Buckingham Palace statement said her doctors were “concerned” about her health and “advised her to remain under medical supervision”.
Adding that “the Queen still feels comfortable in Balmoral as well.”
However, according to medical experts, the Queen would likely be a “typical case” on the UK’s National Health Service’s Fragility Index.
The scale is used to track and monitor symptoms such as increased immobility, falls, and weight loss in “people aged 65 and over who may be living with varying degrees of debility.”
The NHS states that frailty describes “how our bodies progressively lose their built-in reserves, leaving us vulnerable to drastic, sudden changes in health caused by seemingly minor events, such as a minor infection or a change in medication or environment.”
In the Prisma-7 test, the queen met five of the seven criteria that would classify her as weak. This included being over 85, having ongoing health problems, requiring regular care, being forced to cancel activities, and using a cane.
Medical experts also told News Corp that the Queen could also be presented as a case of “geriatric syndrome”, where the cause of death was a mixture of symptoms “rather than one specific disease.”
Speaking of Weekend Sunrise On Sunday, therapist Jeannie Mansberg said the Queen could also have died from a stroke and heart attack. After dementia, these two conditions are the second and third leading causes of death for women, according to Dr. Mansberg.
The doctor said it was understandable that the Queen would have had to cut back on her royal duties over the past year.
“She lost some weight, walked with a stick,” she said.
“As you get older, you get weaker, you don’t have as much muscle strength, you don’t have as much energy… Doing the kind of duties she was supposed to be doing would have been exhausting.”
During one of her last official events, two days before her death, it was noted that Queen Elizabeth had a purple bruise on her right arm while meeting with new British Prime Minister Liz Truss. Speaking to daily mailDr. Deb Cohen-Jones said it could be a sign of peripheral vascular disease.
“This is a circulatory disorder that causes narrowing, blockage, or spasm of blood vessels outside of the heart and brain,” she said.
“Sometimes it can lead to heart failure. If your peripheral circulation is that bad, your organs don’t get a good blood supply. This could be a sign of multiple organ failure.”
Had she had it, it is not known how long the Queen could have suffered from the potentially painful condition, as the monarch often wore gloves when outside.
In June, the monarch also missed an official church service at her platinum jubilee celebrations due to complaints of discomfort. The Queen also contracted Covid in February.
Queen Elizabeth remains Britain’s longest reigning monarch, marking 70 years of reigning over the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Realm.
Her coffin is currently in state at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh and will be delivered to London on Wednesday. From there, the Queen’s body will be transported to Buckingham Palace, where it will lie in Westminster Hall for four days until her state funeral on Monday 19 September.