Queen dead: Will there be a national day of mourning?

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The Queen dedicated decades of her life to royal duty, serving the nation as the head of the Royal Family. On the throne for some 70 years, she had the nation through some of the most trying times imaginable, including most recently the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns. She once called her late husband Philip her “strength and stay”, but to many, that’s exactly what she has been for the nation.

Will there be a national day of mourning to commemorate the Queen?

The UK has now entered a national period of mourning which will last until the funeral – traditionally held 10 days later.

The national mourning period is to be “observed by all,” including national representatives serving abroad.

During this time, new bills will not be given Royal Assent to become law and state affairs will be suspended as a mark of respect.


The day of the funeral, which will take place at Westminster Abbey, will be a Day of National Mourning, although employers are not obliged to give staff a day off.

There will also be a two minute silence will be held across the UK at noon.

The schedule for what happens in the event of the Queen’s death has been long in the making, and there’s a strict itinerary to follow over the next 10 days.

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As news of the Queen’s death is announced, the Royal Family will display a black holding page and short statement on its website.

Gov.uk and government departmental social media pages will display a black banner at the top.

The Royal Family will announce plans for the Queen’s funeral, expected to take place 10 days after her death.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make a statement imminently and the Ministry of Defence is due to arrange gun salutes across the UK. A national minute’s silence will also be announced.

Mr Johnson will hold an audience with Prince Charles, before the new king delivers a broadcast to the nation.


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