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Official mourning guide after Queen’s death – everything to know

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The late monarch died on Thursday, September 8, after 70 years on the throne. The UK has now entered a period of mourning, with guidance now issued for individuals and businesses on life over the next couple of weeks.

Travel

Travel services will be operating as normal with exception of the day of her funeral, the date of which is yet to be announced.

The guide says operators are under no obligation to change services throughout the mourning period, “although there may be some changes to service availability”.

Major events and public spaces and galleries

The guide says there is “no obligation” to cancel or postpone events such as sporting fixtures and entertainment, and public museums and galleries are not obliged to close.

It says this is ”at the discretion of individual organisations”.

However, on the day of the funeral, it advises: “As a mark of respect, organisations might wish to consider cancelling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of the State Funeral.

“They are under no obligation to do so and this is entirely at the discretion of individual organisations.

“As a mark of respect, and in keeping with the tone of National Mourning, organisers may wish to hold a period of silence and/or play the National Anthem at the start of events or sporting fixtures”.

Commemorative events

The guide reads: “Many community organisations, including places of worship, Local Authorities and charities, will arrange events commemorating the life and service of Her Majesty.

“This may include holding services of reflection (or similar), as well as opportunities for those with no religious beliefs to pay their respects.”

Those wishing to attend should check with their local authority or place of worship for details.

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Floral memorials and books of condolence

There are no physical books of condolence at royal residences, but local authorities may have their own books of condolences throughout the UK.

Those wanting to lay a floral memorial for the Queen can do so at the following places.

London – A memorial flower garden will be created in Green Park tomorrow and will be the main place for laying flowers near Buckingham Palace.

Windsor – Flowers can be laid on the Long Walk at Cambridge Gate close to the town centre.

Sandringham – Flowers can be laid on the estate and visitors will be directed to the correct location on arrival.

Belfast – Flowers can be laid at Hillsborough Castle.

Edinburgh – Flowers can be laid at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Balmoral – Flowers can be laid at the Main Gate to the Castle.

Cardiff – Flowers can be laid at the areas on either side of the City Hall entrance.

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