When and where it will be held

Buckingham Palace has issued guidance on how the British public can contribute to the period of national mourning. 

Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, the following guidance is given to members of the public who wish to leave floral tributes at Royal Residences:

  • At Buckingham Palace members of the public will be guided to lay floral tributes at dedicated sites 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 guidance will be issued by The Royal Parks.
  • At Windsor Castle, floral tributes can be left at Cambridge Gate on the Long Walk. These flowers will be brought inside the Castle every evening, and placed on the Castle Chapter grass on the south side of St George’s Chapel and Cambridge Drive.
  • At the Sandringham Estate, members of the public are encouraged to leave floral tributes at the Norwich Gates.
  • At Balmoral Castle, floral tributes can be left at the Main Gate.
  • At the Palace of Holyroodhouse, members of the public are encouraged to give floral tributes to the Wardens at the entrance to The Queen’s Gallery. Those flowers will be laid on the Forecourt grass in front of the North Turret of the Palace.
  • At Hillsborough Castle, floral tributes may be laid on the Castle Forecourt, in front of the main gates.

Information on floral tributes at other public buildings and locations will be issued by the Cabinet Office.

What will the Royal family do now?

The royal court will observe a period of seven days after the funeral, in which the new King and his family will take time to reflect privately at home. 

Officers in the Armed Forces and uniformed members of the Royal Household will wear mourning bands during that period.

Union flags will be at half mast from now until the end of the Queen’s funeral.

All public engagements for members of the Royal family will be reconsidered, with only those deemed appropriate during a period of mourning going ahead. 

Who will take on the Queen’s duties?

The Queen’s children and grandchildren will rally round to support the new King in the wake of her death, in a transition the Royal family has been preparing for years.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had already stepped up their public duties in recent years, and Princess Anne and the Earl and Countess of Wessex already have full schedules doing the “bread and butter” of royal jobs. 

The departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex leaves a significant hole in the Royal family, with fewer younger members available to travel around the UK and Commonwealth representing the King. 

Prince Andrew has stepped down from official duties, and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, both new mothers, are continuing with their private charity work but not formally representing the new King.

The Cambridge children, still at primary and prep school, are not yet old enough to join the working “Firm”, but will one day pick up duties in support of their parents and grandfather.

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