Schools to CLOSE on the day of Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral

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King Charles III made it clear today that his mother’s funeral on Monday, September 19 will be a Bank Holiday, with people being allowed to pay their respects to the late monarch as she reaches her final resting place. This day will be the final day of national mourning. Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96 on Thursday, September 8 at her Scottish residence in Balmoral. Her death marks the end of her seven decade reign, and has prompted a global outcry as millions of people pay tribute to Her Majesty. 

Her Majesty’s funeral will spark the end of an Elizabethan era, but the allowance of an additional Bank Holiday means people now have the freedom to mark her reign on this day.

A government spokesman said: “Monday, September 19, the date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral, will be a national bank holiday.

“This will allow individuals, businesses and other organisations to pay their respects to Her Majesty and commemorate her reign, while marking the final day of the period of national mourning.

“This bank holiday will operate in the same way as other bank holidays, and there is no statutory entitlement to time off. Employers may include bank holidays as part of a worker’s leave entitlement.”

When it came to the rules on school openings, the spokesman continued: “Yes, schools will be closed. We are not asking them to remain open on the day of the bank holiday.”

Westminster Abbey said it would be closed for visiting and worshipping while preparing for the Queen’s funeral.

Announcing the news on Twitter, a statement said: “Buckingham Palace has announced that the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will be held at Westminster Abbey at 11am on Monday, September 19.

“As a royal church, the abbey had a special relationship with the Queen. It was here that she married Prince Philip in November 1947, and her coronation was held in the abbey in June 1953. The abbey will be closed for visiting and worshipping from Monday, September 12 as we prepare for the state funeral, which will be broadcast live on television, radio and online.”

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Thousands of people will be able to file past to see the late monarch’s coffin.

Further details of how the public can attend will be announced in the coming days.

A spokesman for the King said the monarch’s main focus will be leading the Royal Family and nation in mourning over the coming days.

The Earl Marshal, who has overall responsibility for the funeral, said it would be a chance to repay a heartfelt debt by carrying out the Queen’s last wishes.

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