National mourning period and Bank Holiday explained as the Queen dies

Queen Elizabeth II has passed away aged 96, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

A statement from the palace read: “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.”

Earlier in the day (September 8) the palace confirmed that doctors were "concerned" about the monarch's health. They said they had placed her "under medical supervision".

She was the longest-reigning monarch in British history, and also the longest-serving female head of state in the world's history.

There's no doubt people all around the world will mourn her death. Many members of the British public have been left questioning whether the country there will be a bank holiday on the day of the funeral.

Here we take a look at the protocol for deaths within the Royal Family.

Will there be a bank holiday?

The day of the Queen's funeral will be a Day of National Mourning.

However, according to previously leaked documents, it won't be a bank holiday and employers will not be compelled to give staff a day off.

Instead, this is believed to be a matter of discretion for each employer and their staff.

However, if the funeral takes places on the weekend or an existing bank holiday, an extra public day off work will not be granted.

Meanwhile, any Parliamentary business is set to be suspended for 10 days, according to reports.

What will happen on the day of the Queen's funeral?

We have now officially entered a period of mourning, and details of the funeral will soon be announced.

The funeral is estimated to take place 10 days after the Queen's passing.

The funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey, and a two-minute silence will be held across the UK at noon.

Processions will most likely take place in London and Windsor on the day.

The funeral will be lead by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and her coffin will be taken to Westminster Abbey by gun carriage.

A committal service will be held at St George's Chapel at Windsor. Queen Elizabeth II will be buried at King George VI Memorial Chapel.

What else will happen leading up to the funeral?

The country has now entered a 10 day period of mourning, and Prince Charles has officially become King.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge titles will eventually be changed to Prince and Princess of Wales, however, details of this has not yet been announced.

The day the Queen has passed away is known as D Day. Flags have been lowered to half mast, and the Royal family's website has changed to a black holding page.

On the day after the death of the Queen, the Accession Council will meet for the principal proclamation of the king. This will be read out.

The day after that, the coffin will leave from Balmoral and be taken to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

On the third day after Queen Elizabeth's death, there will be a ceremonial procession from Holyrood.

In the days later the coffin is expected to be moved to London, and eventually Buckingham Palace.

The Queen's coffin will lie-in-state for five days.

The funeral will then be held after 10 days in Westminster Abbey.

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