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The Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Edinburgh’s official cause of death revealed

Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
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The Duke of Edinburgh’s official cause of death has been revealed on his death certificate.

The official document was obtained by The Telegraph and revealed that the 99-year-old Duke died from “old age.” This cause of death can be listed on the death certificates of those who are over the age of 80 and whose health gradually declined over time while being observed by their long-term doctor.

Sir Huw Thomas certified the death certificate; he serves as the head of the royal medical household.

His first occupation listed on the death certificate was that of “Naval Officer,” and his second occupation was listed as “Husband of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Sovereign.”

Prince Philip’s funeral took place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on 17 April. Photo: Pool/I-Images

Philip’s name was listed as “His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh formerly known as Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark formerly known as Philip Mountbatten.” His death was registered four days after his passing by his private secretary, Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, died on the morning of 9 April at Windsor Castle with The Queen by his side. Buckingham Palace announced his death that afternoon, saying:

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle … The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Prince Philip’s funeral took place on 17 April at St George’s Chapel.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.