Buckingham Palace said in a statement at around 6.30pm on September 8: ‘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.’
Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-reigning monarch Britain has ever seen, serving the UK and various other realms during her impressive reign and is credited with modernising the monarchy in many ways.
The plan following the Queen’s death is known as Operation London Bridge, and among the protocols that will take place following 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 triggered an official 10-day period of national mourning.
National days of mourning are in place to honour a person or persons of particular significance to their country who have recently passed away.
The last major period of national mourning in the UK took place in 2005 as a gesture of respect for the 52 people killed in terrorist bomb attacks in London on July 7.
During the 10 days of mourning, flags will be lowered and books of condolence opened at British embassies across the world.
When do the 10 days of mourning end?
The 10 days of mourning was announced on September 9, despite the fact the Queen died on September 8.
This means that the 10 days of mourning should end around September 19.
The Queen’s funeral is expected to be held around the tenth day after her death. That would make Sunday, September 18, or Monday, September 19, possible dates.
Monday is considered more likely since the date of her death is considered ‘day 0’, but there is yet to be any official confirmation.
All parliamentary business is expected to be suspended for this time.
Her coffin will lie in state for three days at the Houses of Parliament, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to descend on London to pay their respects.
It is expected the Queen will be interred in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where her mother and father are also buried.
The 10 days of mourning will end on the day of the Queen’s funeral, which will be considered a national holiday.
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