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Queen’s cause of death may be published next week

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The cause of Queen Elizabeth II’s death may be revealed next week, following the end of the royal mourning period. The death of the Queen was announced to the public at 6.30pm on Thursday, September 8. So far, very limited details have been revealed of the circumstances surrounding the Queen’s death.

In the wake of her death, all inquiries in Aberdeenshire were referred to National Records of Scotland (NRS).

Last week, NRS said it would make no comment on the cause until after the period of mourning ended.

While the period of national mourning ended on Tuesday, royal mourning will continue until 8am on Tuesday.

The registration of deaths in Scotland is compulsory in accordance with the Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Scotland) Act of 1965.

This act states that “the death of every person dying in Scotland” must be registered.

This includes the submission of a death certificate to a registrar, which must be done within seven days of the death occurring.

If the Queen had died in England, there would be no requirement to release an official cause of death because the Registration Act of 1836 does not apply to monarchs.

In Scotland, doctors must report all deaths which are “sudden, suspicious, accidental or unexplained” to the Crown Office.

But according to the Scottish Daily Express, the Crown Office in Edinburgh said her death had not been referred to it as “it was not a death that required to be”.

The Queen’s funeral took place on Monday 19 September at Westminster Abbey in London.

Her coffin was transported in a procession from Scotland to London.

The service, conducted by the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle Dean of Westminster, began at 11am.

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The sermon was delivered by the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Queen’s state funeral was watched by more than 28 million people across 50 UK channels.

It was followed by a private burial service in Windsor, attended by family members.

After the funeral, the Queen’s coffin travelled in procession from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Arch, also known as Constitution Arch, which was built as an original entrance to Buckingham Palace and sits between the corners of Hyde Park and Green Park.

From there, the coffin travelled to Windsor, where the Committal Service was held at St George’s Chapel.

Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest in the King George VI memorial chapel, a small annexe to the main chapel at Windsor.

She was buried alongside her father, George VI, the Queen Mother and her sister, Princess Margaret.

Prince Philip was previously in the Royal Vault but was moved to lie beside his wife in the chapel.

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