Large crowds have gathered outside Buckingham Palace to lay flowers and tributes to the Queen. Image: Samuel Regan-Asante / Unsplash
King Charles has announced a bank holiday on the day of the Queen’s state funeral.
This is to allow people to pay their respects to Her Majesty and commemorate her reign, while marking the final day of national mourning.
The funeral service will take place at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday September 19. For four days before the service, the Queen’s coffin will lie in state in Westminster Hall, allowing the public to pay their respects.
The last royal funeral in the UK was Prince Philip’s in April 2021. He was given a royal ceremonial funeral, rather than a state funeral, the most recent of which was held for Winston Churchill in 1965.
“However, we would expect that many workers will be able to take the day off on the bank holiday. We also expect employers to respond sensitively to requests from workers who wish to take the day of the funeral off work”, the statement continues.
Will schools be closed on the day of the Queen’s funeral?
Schools have been instructed to close on September 19, so that pupils and teachers can mark the historic occasion.
The Department for Education has told schools the Queen’s funeral will be a bank holiday so “settings that are normally closed on a bank holiday should close on this day as a mark of respect. This will include schools and colleges.”
What will it be like for those travelling to London on the bank holiday?
The Cabinet Office has warned that people travelling in, out and around London may face crowding and public transport delays as people travel to pay their respects to the Queen.
The Foreign Office will be preparing to welcome heads of state and other key figures from abroad who will be attending the funeral.
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