Union Flags return to full mast as official mourning for Queen Elizabeth II ends

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All official flags returned to full mast at 8am today. This includes the Union Flag.

The flags were originally brought down to half mast when the Queen died on September 8. Restoring the flags to their normal position marks the end of the period of national mourning for Her Majesty. 

The Queen was buried in a private ceremony in Windsor on Monday evening, following a state funeral in London and military procession to Windsor Castle.

The Royal Family themselves will go on to observe another full week of mourning.

During this time, senior Royals are not expected to carry out any formal duties. 

Flags at Royal residences will remain at half mast for this period. 

They will be restored at 8am on September 27, the day after the period ends.

Buckingham Palace has said royal household staff, representatives of the household on official duties and troops committed to ceremonial duties will also observe the extended mourning period.

2,000 people, including foreign royalty and world leaders, gathered yesterday at Westminster Abbey for Her Majesty’s funeral. 

The Dean of Westminster paid tribute to her “lifelong sense of duty”.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby also spoke of the affection so many people felt for the late monarch.

He said: “Few leaders receive the outpouring of love we have seen.”

There were around 100 presidents and heads of government present. 

This included US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.

Royal families from around the globe also attended – with kings, queens and emperors from Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia and Jordan present.

After the funeral, the Queen’s coffin was taken by gun carriage to Wellington Arch in London and then on to its final journey via funeral cortege, along a route that avoided motorways to allow as many as possible to pay their final respects.

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