Queen Elizabeth II: Will there be a bank holiday after the monarch’s death?

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Queen Elizabeth II: Will there be a bank holiday after the monarch’s death?

As the country adjusts to the death of the Queen and the reign of a new monarch, the public will be given the chance to pay their respects to the nation’s longest-serving head of state.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Will there be a bank holiday to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II?

On Sunday, Septemeber 11, a bank holiday was announced to coincide with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral on Monday, September 19.

One of King Charles III’s first acts as monarch was to approve the national bank holiday for the day of the Queen’s state funeral.

The public holiday will be observed in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

A two-minute silence will be held across the country.

Is there already a new monarch?

Yes. The Prince of Wales is king. He became the sovereign immediately on the death of his mother.

Is Camilla now Queen?

Yes, as the wife of the king. The Queen publicly backed her to use the title, and Camilla is now Her Majesty The Queen.

She is a queen consort, like the Queen Mother was, rather than a queen regnant like Elizabeth II.

What about the Queen’s funeral?

The Queen’s funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey, on Monday, September 19, at 11am, the Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk has said.

It will be televised.

How do I pay my respects on the day of the funeral?

Plans include a military procession through London as the Queen’s coffin is taken to and from Westminster Abbey while, in Windsor, the coffin is expected to be driven through the town to St George’s Chapel.

Crowds will be expected to gather along the route, but the finalised arrangements will take into account the current level of coronavirus.

The Queen will be buried privately in the King George VI memorial chapel, an annex to the main church.

She will lie in state for “four clear days” in Westminster Hall from Wednesday, September 14, a senior palace official said.

How else can I pay my respects?

Books of condolence are open at royal residences, town halls across the country, and at British embassies around the world.

There is also an online book of condolence.

Can I leave flowers and cards?

Flowers and cards can be left at a designated site in Green Park, though non-compostables, like balloons, candles, and toys, are asked not to be left.

What will happen to the flowers and messages?

The royal website states: “A selection of messages will be passed onto members of the Royal Family, and may be held in the Royal Archives for posterity.”

After Prince Philip’s death, floral tributes at Buckingham Palace were moved to Marlborough House – the home of the Commonwealth Secretariat – in central London each evening.

Members of the public were asked not to leave flowers in order to prevent any possible breach of Covid guidelines, and to consider a donation to a charity instead, but many still decided to do so.

After Princess Diana’s death, the flowers and gifts were eventually given to the sick, the elderly, and to children.

Cards and messages were collected and stored for Diana’s family, while flowers that were no longer fresh were composted, and used to grow new plants and flowers in Kensington Gardens.