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The Demise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: National Mourning Guidance

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Buckingham Palace has announced the obituary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. There will be a period of recumbency prior to the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The dates and details of these events will be announced by the royal family shortly.

The period of national mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has begun. The duration of her state funeral lasts until her state funeral is over. The royal family goes into different periods of royal mourning, depending on the King’s wishes.


National mourning is a period of contemplation following the death of a monarch, another member of the royal family, or a person of great importance in national life.

This guide provides citizens, businesses and institutions with an account of national memorials and outlines practical advice on how you or your organization may wish to observe public memorials during this time. The purpose is that.

It covers, among other things:

  • flag at half mast
  • How Observing Mourning Affects Continuation of Businesses, Events and Sports Matches
  • flower tribute
  • condolence book

Nonetheless, mourning is a very personal thing and individuals, families, communities and organizations may wish to commemorate Her Majesty’s death in their own way. No specific behavior is expected to be observed.

Public services will continue as normal, but there may be changes in service availability on the day of the national funeral.

Similar to the UK Government, the Devolved Administrations, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories will comply with national mourning and issue separate guidance.


Flags flying from royal residences, government buildings and military installations have been half-masted since the death of Her Majesty the Queen.

Companies and other organizations wishing to show respect by flying flags at half mast or maintaining silence can follow the guidance published on GOV.UK.

business and public service

During the period of national mourning, organizations are not obliged to suspend their business. Depending on the nature and location of the business and the tone of the event being planned, some businesses may consider closing or postponing the event, especially on the day of the state funeral, but this is at the discretion of the individual company. Public services will continue as normal, but service availability may change. Further guidance on potential considerations related to the day of the state funeral will be issued as needed.

travel information

During the period of national mourning, especially on days of ceremonial events and state funerals, public transport in key locations can be very busy and journeys may take longer than usual. Details will be announced by the network operator. Trips should be reviewed prior to travel to ensure all services are running as expected.

Commemorative event

Many community organizations, including places of worship, local governments and charities, hold events commemorating Her Majesty’s life and service. This may include holding debriefing meetings (or similar services) or opportunities for people of non-religious beliefs to pay their respects. Local governments will assist in coordinating local events, so please check with your local government or local place of worship for more information.

Major events, entertainment and sports

There is no obligation to cancel or postpone events or sports venues or to close recreational venues during the national mourning period. This is left to the discretion of individual organizations. As a sign of respect, organizations may wish to consider canceling or postponing the event or closing the venue on the day of the state funeral. is at the discretion of the organization.

If sporting equipment or events are planned for the day of the state funeral, the organization may arrange the timing of the event so that it does not conflict with the timing of the funeral or related procession. In keeping with the spirit of national mourning, organizers may wish to have a period of silence at the start of an event or sporting match, play the national anthem, or have players wear black armbands. .

flower tribute

It is customary for mourners to leave flowers. This section details the main places where flowers and other tributes can be offered.

During this period of national mourning, the government and royal family respectfully request that no official flowers, wreaths or tributes be sent by the organization to the location of state funerals, royal residences, or government offices.

There may be places in your community, such as town halls and houses of worship, where members of the public can lay flowers and tributes in honor of Her Majesty. Check the site or local media.

At all locations, the advice and instructions of the stewards must be followed.


A memorial garden will be created in Green Park tomorrow, making it a prime location for planting flowers near Buckingham Palace.


Flowers can be placed on the Long Walk at Cambridge Gate near the center of town. For more information, visit the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead website.


Flowers can be placed on site and visitors are directed to the correct location upon arrival.


Flowers can be arranged at Hillsborough Castle. For more information, please visit the Northern Ireland Office website.


Flowers can be arranged at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. For more information, visit his Scottish Government website.


You can decorate the main gate of the castle with flowers. For more information, visit his website at Balmoral Castle.


You can offer flowers on both sides of the city hall entrance. For more information, visit his Welsh Government website.


A donation to one of Her Majesty’s many charities and patrons is considered an appropriate way to honor her extraordinary legacy. Read on for more information on how to donate and a list of Her Majesty’s charities and her sponsorships.

condolence book

Royal Residences does not have a physical condolence book. You can sign condolences online at the royal website.

There are opportunities to sign condolence letters at various Town Halls and other locations across the UK. Please check with your local government.

open your condolence book

Any organization or individual may open a book of condolences during the state funeral.

There is no set format for a condolence letter. The layout of the table is usually a white table and a trestle on which is placed her cloth, ikebana (usually lilies or other white flowers) and a book adorned with a formal photograph of Her Majesty the Queen. This could be an official portrait photograph, or one taken during a previous royal visit.

Please note that the royal family and government cannot receive condolence books.

Online communication channels can also be used to reflect the news of Her Majesty’s passing and participate in the national mourning period. Organizations can acknowledge the period of mourning by making changes to their website’s home page, for example, using black borders and black banners.

Organizations and individuals may also want to share their memories of Her Majesty online. There is no set way to commemorate Her Majesty’s passing on social media. Organizations may wish to review content planned for that period.

Accessibility requirements for visually impaired users should be considered when modifying websites and social media pages.

Photos and official portraits of Her Majesty the Queen

There is no need to cover up or remove Her Majesty’s official portraits or photographs in your organization to show respect. It is customary to leave these in place at the discretion of the organization. For example, official portraits of King George VI and other monarchs can still be seen in many old public buildings.

Public museums and galleries

Public museums, galleries, or similar venues are not required to close during state funerals. Organizations may choose to adjourn on the day of the state funeral, but are under no obligation to do so, and this is at the discretion of the individual organization. Like other organizations, these institutions may wish to view or share images of previous royal visits, especially if they are one of Her Majesty’s patrons.

Further information

For more information, please visit the Royal website or GOV.UK.