Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Sept. 8 at around 6:30 p.m.: “The Queen died peacefully this afternoon in Balmoral.
“The King and Queen Consort remain in Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”
Queen Elizabeth II was the longest reigning monarch Britain has ever seen, serving the UK and several other empires during her impressive reign and is credited with modernizing the monarchy in many ways.
The plan after the Queen’s death is known as Operation London Bridge, and one of the protocols that will take place after the monarch’s death is 10 days of mourning.
But why do we have these days and when do they end?
Why do we have 10 days of mourning?
The Queen’s death has led to an official 10-day period of national mourning.
National mourning days are established to honor a person or persons of special importance to their country who have recently passed away.
During the 10 days of mourning, flags will be lowered and condolence registers opened at British embassies around the world.
When do the 10 days of mourning end?
The 10 days of mourning were announced on September 9, despite the queen’s death on September 8.
This means that the 10 days of mourning should end around September 19.
The Queen’s funeral is expected to take place around the tenth day after her death. That would make Sunday September 18 or Monday September 19 possible dates.
Monday is considered more likely because the date of her death is considered “day 0”, but there is no official confirmation yet.
It is expected that all parliamentary activities will be suspended before this time.
Her coffin will remain in state for three days in the Houses of Parliament, and hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend on London to pay their respects.
The Sovereign’s casket will be taken from Westminster Hall and journeyed by crowds of mourners by coach to Westminster Abbey for the service.
The Queen is expected to be interred in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where her mother and father are also buried.
The 10 days of mourning end on the day of the Queen’s funeral, which is considered a national holiday.
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