What happens during the royal mourning period now the public mourning period is over

Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral took place on Monday 19 September, with the late monarch being laid to rest in The King George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Her Majesty's funeral marked the end of a 12-day mourning period which started on 8 September – the day she passed away at Balmoral Castle.

The Royal Family are observing their own period of mourning though, which will end seven days after the Queen's funeral.

Buckingham Palace released a statement, saying: “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 Queen’s Funeral.

“Royal mourning will be observed by members of the royal family, Royal Household staff and representatives of the Royal Household on official duties, together with troops committed to ceremonial duties.”

During this time, members of the Royal Family are not expected to carry out official engagements and flags at royal residences will remain at half-mast until 8am after the final day of royal mourning.

When the Royals entered a royal mourning period in 2021 after the death of the Queen's husband, Prince Philip, the family continued to attend suitable engagements and when appropriate, they wore mourning bands.

A mourning band is a black armband that signifies that the wearer is in mourning or wishes to identify with the commemoration of a family friend, comrade or team member who has died.

The royal period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II will come to an end on Monday 26 September.

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The Royals have been left bereft by the death of their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and at times their grief was palpable with King Charles looking emotional and close to tears at the state funeral on Monday.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex was also seen weeping during the long day as was Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

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

Around 2,000 people attended the funeral service at Westminster Abbey with around 800 guests then heading to St George’s Chapel for the committal service.

Following this, a private evening burial service attended just by close family took place at Windsor Castle, with Her Majesty being buried at The King George VI Memorial Chapel alongside her late husband Prince Philip.

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


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