Prince Philip's death certificate confirms Duke of Edinburgh's cause of death

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
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Prince Philip's death certificate confirms Duke of Edinburgh's exact cause of death, as the document's contents are revealed.

Prince Philip's death certificate confirms the Duke died simply of 'old age'.

The Queen's husband, who was aged 99 when he died (opens in new tab) on 9th April at his home at Windsor Castle.

Prince Philip was hospitalised (opens in new tab) back in February after feeling 'unwell' and after a month-long stay, he returned home following a successful heart operation (opens in new tab).

At the time of his death, Buckingham Palace confirmed Prince Philip had died "peacefully" at Windsor Castle.

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Prince Philip's death certificate, what does it say?

According to the certificate, obtained by The Daily Telegraph, the official death notice stated that Prince Philip cause of death was "old age" and had been certified by Sir Huw Thomas, head of the royal medical household, and suggests there was no identifiable disease or injury that contributed to the death.

When it comes to recording cause of death on such death certificates, the term 'old age' is accepted as a cause of death providing the patient is over 80 and if the doctor has personally cared for the patient for a long period of time and has seen a gradual decline in their health.

Prince Philip pictured leaving hospital

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Prince Philip cause of death means that Prince Philip's stay in King Edward VII's hospital in central London had no link to his death, even though he was treated for an infection (opens in new tab) and had a heart operation at St Bartholomew’s Hospital for a pre-existing heart condition. He had been transferred there on 1st March to have the procedure and later returned back to King Edward VII.

The Duke’s death was registered with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead by his private secretary, Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell, on April 13, four days after he passed away.

The death certificate also listed Prince Philip's first occupation Naval Officer, while his second is "husband of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Sovereign." And his full name appears on the certificate as, "His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh formerly known as Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark formerly known as Philip Mountbatten."

Prince Philip was due to celebrate his 100th birthday this summer and had received his Covid-19 vaccine (opens in new tab) in January alongside the Queen, (opens in new tab) now aged 95.

The Duke's funeral (opens in new tab) was held last month and was limited to 30 guests, (opens in new tab) and was held at St George's Chapel in Windsor.

Selina Maycock
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Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.