Numerous sources are speculating that Queen Elizabeth died as a result of a fall that she took in her beloved Balmoral Castle, and they point to the large hematoma that could be seen as she shook hands with the newly elected Prime Minister, Liz Truss on September 6.
There has been widespread shock that Queen Elizabeth died so unexpectedly. Despite her advanced age of 96, until very recently she had appeared to be in excellent health. Indeed, one of her last visitors, Reverend Iain Greenshields, stated that in the hours that he spent at Balmoral during the Queen’s last weekend, he was impressed with her prodigious memory, and that although fragile, she “looked like her usual self”—100%. For this reason, he was shocked when events took such an unexpected turn. Especially since her death followed so closely on the announcement from her doctors that they were concerned for her wellbeing.
Some geriatric specialists have offered their opinion that such a rapid decline is not unusual in the elderly, while others have said just the opposite.
Marco Trabucchi, head of geriatric medicine and research in Brescia and president of the Associazione Italiana di Psicogeriatria, commented that indeed, a fall is frequently the precipitating factor that leads to the end, even if they had been enjoying stable health before the accident.
Nevertheless, others have suggested that the hematoma could be an indication that she had been attached to an intravenous connection (peripheral intravenous (IV) cannulation) for some medical procedure. There is no evidence to give greater credibility to either of the two theories, still, anyone who has seen the aftermath of an IV would have to lean towards the latter theory as it is difficult to imagine a fall that would cause a bruise on the upper part of the hand without also causing a broken wrist in a person of advanced age and brittle bones.
At this point, despite numerous theories, Queen Elizabeth’s death remains a matter of speculation.