THE Queen tragically died yesterday at the age of 96 after a historic 70-year reign.
In a somber statement, Buckingham Palace last night confirmed that Her Majesty Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history, has died – and made her son Charles king.
The nation was immediately plunged into a state of mourning – with officials planning her funeral and a national day of remembrance.
Since the first full day of the reign of King Charles III. begins, here we reveal what the days to come will bring as Brits remember their beloved Queen…
What will happen in the next few days?
The Queen died at her Balmoral estate on September 8, 2022.
King Charles, the Queen consort, Prince William, the Duke of York, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and Prince Harry rushed to join the Queen at her Scottish retreat yesterday.
In a statement that shocked the nation, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.
“The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”
Shortly after her death, the Queen’s Private Secretary shared the tragic news with Prime Minister Liz Truss.
Media – newspapers and TV stations – were then notified, and news anchors on UK broadcasts switched to black ties as they shared the heartbreaking update with the nation.
Shortly after her death, King Charles released a statement paying tribute to his “beloved” mother.
He said her death was a “moment of greatest sadness for me and all members of my family”.
The UK will now go into a ten day national mourning from Friday 9th September.
At noon today, bells will ring at St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle as MPs pay tribute to the Queen in the House of Commons.
A gun salute will then sound at 1pm in Hyde Park as the nation mourns.
The King and Queen Consort will return to London this afternoon for an audience with the Prime Minister, followed by an address from the King in the early evening.
A memorial service begins that evening at St. Paul’s Cathedral. It is not yet known who will be there.
When does the 10 day mourning begin?
Today is the first of ten days of national mourning in the UK.
In the somber times, Union Jacks are flown at half-staff and condolence books are opened for well-wishers to convey their love to the royal family.
The Queen’s coffin is taken to Parliament, where she will rest until her funeral at Westminster Hall.
Media coverage will also reflect the mourning period – TV and radio stations are to adhere to a code of conduct.
The temporary measures include a suspension of comedy programming on the BBC and a recommendation that DJs play harmless music.
Parliamentary business will be suspended for 10 days and the London Stock Exchange is also expected to be closed for a short time.
Charles will embark on a tour of Britain during the period of mourning, visiting Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
On the tenth day of mourning, an actual state funeral will take place in Westminster Abbey.
When is the Queen’s funeral and what arrangements do we know?
The Queen’s state funeral is expected to take place on Monday September 19 at Westminster Abbey in central London.
The original plans were for the Queen’s coffin to be transported to the abbey on a gun wagon pulled by marines – seamen – using ropes instead of horses.
Senior family members are expected to follow in a poignant manner – just as they did at the funerals of Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of Edinburgh.
The military will line the streets and also join the procession.
Heads of state, prime ministers and presidents, European royalty and key public figures are invited to gather at the abbey, which seats a congregation of 2,000.
The service will be televised and a two-minute national silence is expected to be observed.
On the same day as the funeral, the Queen’s coffin is taken to St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle for a televised funeral service.
A private funeral service will be held later in the evening with senior members of the royal family.
The Queen’s final resting place will be the King George VI Memorial Chapel, an annex to the main chapel, where her mother and father were buried along with the ashes of her sister Princess Margaret.
Philip’s coffin is brought from the royal vault to the memorial chapel to join that of the queen.
Where is the Queen buried?
The Queen is buried alongside her beloved husband, Prince Philip, in the King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Prince Philip is buried in the Royal Vault at Windsor Castle – but his remains are being moved so he can be buried with his wife.
The Chapel – named after the Queen’s father, King George VI. – was built in 1969 in the main chapel of St. George.
Her parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother are buried in the chapel.
The ashes of the Queen’s younger sister Princess Margaret were transferred to the grave two months after her death in February 2002.
Will there be a holiday?
The day of the Queen’s funeral is declared a “Day of National Mourning”.
However, it was not officially declared a bank holiday.
If the funeral falls on a weekday, the government does not plan to order employers to give workers the day off.
This remains a matter for negotiation between employers and their employees.
How long do the flags stay at half-mast?
Union flags on all royal buildings fly at half-mast after the Queen’s death yesterday.
On Saturday the flags will be raised again to full mast at 1 p.m. and remain there for 24 hours to coincide with Charles’ first public proclamation of the new sovereign.
The Proclamation is read by the Garter King of Arms in the open air on the balcony of Friary Court at St James’s Palace.
The Union flags will then return to half-mast across the city and across the UK.
The flags are then understood to remain at half-mast until 8am the day after the Queen’s funeral on September 19.
The Royal Standard never flies at half mast. It represents the sovereign and the United Kingdom and is a symbol of the continuation of the monarchy.
Traditionally, when the new king resides in a royal palace or castle, the royal standard flies there at full mast.
When will King Charles be officially crowned?
Charles is now King of England and his wife Camilla is Queen Consort.
At 73, Charles is the oldest person to ascend the throne in British history.
Due to the extensive preparations required for a coronation, the event could be months away.
It is traditionally held at Westminster Abbey, where thousands gather to offer their well wishes to Charles.
The coronation is a state occasion – as opposed to a royal wedding – so the government pays for it and decides the guest list.
What will happen to the royal family titles?
Kate Middleton and Prince William have taken on new titles following the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
The royals will temporarily be known as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge – until the new king grants them the titles Prince and Princess of Wales.
William and Kate updated their social media profiles accordingly last night, changing their names to ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge’.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s child titles have also changed.
Under protocols laid down by King George V, the Queen’s grandfather, a sovereign’s children and grandchildren have automatic rights to the title of HRH and prince or princess.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children Archie, three, and Lilibet, one, will now officially be a Prince and Princess and HRHs, under rules established in 1917.
Are sporting events taking place?
Premier League bosses will decide on Friday whether to cancel this weekend’s games in the wake of the Queen’s death.
While there will be no order banning sports, it is believed league bosses are likely to agree that canceling games is the right decision.
Friday’s race program and the second day of England’s final test against South Africa at The Oval, last night’s Premiership Cup match between Northampton and Saracens and tonight’s two scheduled EFL games have been postponed, although Manchester United’s European games , Arsenal and West Ham all took place.
Are schools, shops and businesses closed during the mourning period?
Schools have been ordered to remain open as the nation mourns the Queen.
Children across the country will continue to attend classes as the 10-day national mourning begins, The Sun understands.
Shops are not required to close during the mourning period, but some may do so as a mark of respect.
But the day of the Queen’s funeral will be an official day of mourning and many shops are expected to close.
Points of sale deemed essential such as supermarkets, banks and post offices are expected to remain open.
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