Royal family shares guide to mourning after Queen’s death


Buckingham Palace has released its official to grieve guidelines after the death of the queen.

Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at her Balmoral residence in Scotland on Thursday, September 8. She was 96 years old.

The Royal family has now his “Mourning and condolence arrangements in the royal residencesguide describing what will happen in the weeks after the monarch’s death.

It states that a period of royal mourning will be “observed by members of the royal family, staff of the royal house and representatives of the royal house on official duties, along with troops engaged in ceremonial duties”.

It adds that His Majesty King Charles III has stated that a period of royal mourning will be observed from now until seven days after the Queen’s funeral. The date of the funeral will be confirmed in due course.”

It has been confirmed that the day of the Queen’s state funeral must be a holiday.

No date has been set for the funeral, but it will likely take place on Monday, September 19.

The guidelines also include details about the flags at the royal residences, a royal salute, closure of royal residences, flower tributes and the register of condolence.

Royal salutes

A Royal Gun Salute was held at two locations in London on Friday 9 September at 13:00 BST.

These locations were Hyde Park by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and in the Tower of London by the Honorable Artillery Company.

One shot was fired for every year of the Queen’s life.

Flags at royal residences

Flags at royal residences were flown at half-mast on Thursday and will remain at half-mast until 8 a.m. on the last day of royal mourning.

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An exception to this is on Saturday (September 10) after the Accession Council formally proclaimed Charles the new sovereign.

At this point, union flags will return to full mast at 1pm and remain there for 24 hours to coincide with the proclamations before returning to half-mast.

Signing the Queen’s Condolence Register

While there is no register of condolence in royal residences, an online condolence register has been opened for the public to leave messages in. Read here how to draw it.

Closure royal residences

Buckingham Palace has said the royal residences will remain closed until after the Queen’s funeral.

It added: “This includes The Queen’s Gallery and the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace, and The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh. Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House, the Queen’s private estates, will also close for this period. In addition, Hillsborough Castle, The Sovereign’s official residence in Northern Ireland, will be closed.”

Flower Tribute in Royal Residences


The palace has released the following guidelines for benefactors wishing to leave floral tributes outside one of the royal residences.

  • Buckingham Palace: Members of the public will be guided to pay floral tributes at special locations in The Green Park or Hyde Park. Flowers left outside the gates of Buckingham Palace will be moved to The Green Park Floral Tribute Garden by The Royal Parks. Further guidelines will be issued by The Royal Parks.
  • Windsor Castle: Flower tribute can be left at Cambridge Gate on the Long Walk. These flowers are brought to the castle every evening and placed on the grass of Castle Chapter on the south side of St George’s Chapel and Cambridge Drive.
  • Sandringham Estate: Members of the public are encouraged to leave floral arrangements at Norwich Gates.
  • Balmoral Castle: Floral tribute can be left at the main entrance.
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse: Members of the public are encouraged to pay floral tribute to the Wardens at the entrance to The Queen’s Gallery. Those flowers are laid on the grass of the forecourt in front of the north tower of the palace.
  • Hillsborough Castle: Flower tribute can be laid in the forecourt of the castle, in front of the main gates.

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