Royal POLL: Should shops close and events be cancelled this weekend to mourn Queen?

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The Queen’s funeral will take place in 10 or 11 days, until which time the UK will be in a period of national mourning. The day of the service could be declared a bank holiday leading many businesses to close, but there is no obligation to do so in the meantime. A number of sporting events and performances scheduled for the 24 hours after the Queen’s death have been cancelled, but life is expected to go on as normal through the weekend.

The Queen died yesterday afternoon at her Balmoral residence in Scotland.

The Government has announced a period of national mourning will last until the end of the day of the Queen’s state funeral, expected to be held in Westminster Abbey in 10 or 11 days’ time. 

The day will be a National Day of Mourning, during which all sporting fixtures will be cancelled, the London Stock Exchange will close and many businesses will be expected to shut or change their operating hours.

Although it has not yet been confirmed, the day is also likely to be a bank holiday, in which case schools would also close.

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The Queen’s coffin will initially rest in St Giles’ Cathedral, before being flown to London where people will have the opportunity to file past for four days in Westminster Hall.

People can sign an online book of condolence on the Royal Family website, but no physical books will be placed at royal residences.

A memorial flower garden will be created in London’s Green Park on Saturday, and will become the officially designated place for laying flowers near Buckingham Palace.

Specific sites for flowers have also been set up close to Balmoral, Windsor and Sandringham, as well as at Hillsborough Castle in Belfast, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh and at Cardiff’s City Hall.

 

So what do YOU think? Should shops close and events be cancelled to allow time to mourn the Queen? Vote in our poll and join the debate in the comment section below.



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