November 20, 1938
Queen Maud died "in her sleep early today from heart failure." She was 68-years-old. She had undergone an operation last Wednesday for the removal of an abdominal obstruction. The queen's death was unexpected, and thus, her husband, King Haakon, who was staying at Buckingham Palace, was unable to reach Maud's bedside in time. Only a nurse was with her when she died.
Britain's King George VI and his wife were in Hertfordshire for the weekend with Queen Elizabeth's brother. He phoned King Haakon to express his condolences. The King and Queen returned to London later in the day. King Haakon called on Queen Mary, who was one of Maud's close friends, as well as her sister-in-law.