Queen’s funeral: seven more days of mourning after the Queen’s state funeral

The Royal Family will observe another week of mourning for the Queen after her state funeral on Monday.

King Charles III decreed on September 9, the day after the Queen died after her 70-year reign, that a period of mourning would be observed for up to seven days after the funeral.

Buckingham Palace said: “Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, it is His Majesty The King’s wish that a period of royal mourning be observed from now until seven days after the funeral of the queen.

“Royal mourning will be observed by members of the Royal Family, Royal Household staff and representatives of the Royal Household on official duties, as well as troops engaged in ceremonial duties.”


This means that family members will not carry out official engagements, while flags will remain at half mast until 8 a.m. after the final day of mourning.

The Queen was finally laid to rest with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, at a private evening funeral service at Windsor Castle.

The family’s website said it was led by the Dean of Windsor, adding: “The Queen was buried with the Duke of Edinburgh, at the King George VI Memorial Chapel.”

The day of the funeral was filled with personal touches, with the crown adorning the Queen’s coffin with a handwritten note from the King saying, “In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.”

Charles had requested the floral tribute which replaced a wreath of Balmoral flowers with foliage and cut flowers in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove.

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As the depot service drew to a close, the Sovereign’s piper, Major Piper Paul Burns, played a lament and walked away from the congregation, his tune fading into the chapel air.

Earlier today, a state funeral at Westminster Abbey was attended by dignitaries including hundreds of heads of state, and with London full of mourners, the event called for the biggest operation policing undertaken by the Metropolitan Police.

Among the 2,000 worshipers at the Abbey were foreign royalty, figures in British life and world leaders, including US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.

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During his sermon, the Archbishop of Canterbury told the congregation that the outpouring of emotion for the Queen “stems from her abundant life and her loving service, which has now left us”.

Justin Welby described the Queen as having touched “a multitude of lives” and being a “joyful” figure to many.

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