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Queen dead: How long is national mourning and will there be a public holiday?

Queen Elizabeth II has sadly died at the age of 96, bringing her record-breaking 70 year reign to an end.

Queen Elizabeth II had been on the throne for 70 years – the first British monarch to reign for that length of time – and celebrated her Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

Buckingham Palace, where the flags have already been lowered to half mast, said in a statement at around 6.30pm: ‘The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon

‘The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.’

The news has triggered a period of mourning for the nation – but how long will it last, and will the day of the Queen’s funeral be a bank holiday?

How long does the nation mourn for when the Queen dies?

The Queen’s death has triggered an official period of national mourning, which is set to last for 12 days.

Queen Elizabeth II dead: Key details

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, with her death announced by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022.

She died at the age of 96 surrounded by her family at her home in Balmoral, including her son and heir to the throne Charles, the Prince of Wales, and her grandsons, the Duke Of Cambridge, Prince William and the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry.

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Union flags will be flown at half-mast throughout the UK, and books of condolence will be opened at British embassies around the world.

The BBC has suspended all programming in favour of BBC One coverage of the event, while BBC Three and Four have suspended programmes altogether.

Other channels are not required to interrupt regular scheduling, but they have done so – with ITV among those announcing a revised schedule for the coming days.

The BBC will also suspend all comedy programming during the 12-day period of national mourning.

You can expect to see TV presenters donning black attire for the duration of the mourning period – however, the public is not expected to dress in black.

Queen Elizabeth II dead: Key details

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, with her death announced by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022.

She died at the age of 96 surrounded by her family at her home in Balmoral, including her son and heir to the throne Charles, the Prince of Wales, and her grandsons, the Duke Of Cambridge, Prince William and the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry.

Follow Metro.co.uk’s live blog for the latest updates.

The radio will also have switched to news broadcasts, although DJs have been told to play ‘inoffensive’ music – every station, down to hospital radio, has music lists made up of ‘Mood 2’ (sad) or ‘Mood 1’ (saddest) songs to reach for in times of sudden mourning. 

Parliament will meet to agree on a message of condolence and MPs will give tributes in the House of Commons, as they did following the death of Prince Philip.

Will there be a public holiday when the Queen dies?

Brits will get a day off to reflect on the life of the Queen on the same day as her funeral, which will be held 10 days after her death.

The day will be considered a bank holiday as the London Stock Exchange will be closed.

Shops will close, or operate bank holiday hours. Some will display pictures of the Queen in their windows.

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Your workplace may also have other days off or suspended communication planned to pay respect to the Queen – it may be worth asking what plans they have in place.

The country will also get a bank holiday for the coronation of Prince Charles.

Prince Charles has officially become King Charles III in the wake of the Queen’s passing, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will now be known as The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge.

However, Charles’ official coronation might be until months after the Queen’s death.

It took 14 months for Queen Elizabeth to have her coronation in 1953 following the death of her father, King George VI, due to all the planning that goes into the event.

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