AS THE country adjusts to the death of the Queen and the reign of a new monarch, the public will be given the chance to pay their respects to the nation’s longest serving head of state.
- Is there already a new monarch?
Yes. Prince Charles is now King. He became the sovereign immediately on the death of his mother.
- Will Charles abdicate in favour of his son William?
No. Duty will come first for Charles.
- Is Camilla now Queen?
Yes, as the wife of the King. The Queen publicly backed her to use the title, and Camilla is now styled “Her Majesty The Queen”.
She is a Queen Consort, like the Queen Mother was, rather than a Queen Regnant like Elizabeth II.
- Will Charles make a televised address?
Yes. He is expected to speak to the nation, paying tribute to the Queen and pledging his duty to his service as the new sovereign.
- Will the Queen lie in state?
There is expected to be a lying in state for several days.
Members of the public will be able to file slowly past the closed coffin to pay their respects.
- What about the Queen’s funeral?
There will be a state funeral at Westminster Abbey for invited guests, followed by a committal service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. The Mirror is reporting that it will take place on the 19th September – a Monday.
The funeral will be televised.
- Will everyone get a day off?
The Government decides on the Period of National Mourning, which is expected to run until the day after the Queen’s funeral.
It is also expected to make the day of the Queen’s funeral a form of public holiday – a National Day of Mourning – as a mark of respect.
But it may be up to individual businesses to decide whether they close.
A two-minute silence will be held across the country.
- How do I pay my respects on the day of the funeral?
Plans include a military procession through London as the Queen’s coffin is taken to and from Westminster Abbey, while, in Windsor, the coffin is expected to be driven through the town to St George’s Chapel.
Crowds will be expected to gather along the route.
The Queen will be buried privately in St George’s Chapel’s King George VI memorial chapel, an annexe to the main church.
- How else can I pay my respects?
Books of condolence may be opened at royal residences, town halls across the country and at British embassies around the world.
Buckingham Palace will release details in due course, with local councils also announcing their plans.
- Can I leave flowers and cards?
Millions of bouquets, cards and messages were left in tribute at Kensington Palace after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997, with flowers also left for Philip in 2021.
Buckingham Palace may issue guidance on floral tributes and cards, but the public is expected to begin to leave them at the Queen’s London home and at Windsor.
Members of the royal family usually take time to view the floral tributes in person.
– What will happen to the flowers and messages?
After Philip’s death, new floral tributes at Buckingham Palace were moved to Marlborough House – the home of the Commonwealth Secretariat – in central London each evening.
Members of the public were asked not to leave flowers in order to prevent any possible breach of Covid guidelines, and to consider a donation to a charity instead, but many still decided to do so.
After Diana’s death, the flowers and gifts were eventually given to the sick, the elderly and to children.
Tributes including teddy bears and even bottles of champagne went to residential homes and hospitals, while other toys were sent to toy libraries.
Cards and messages were collected and stored for Diana’s family, while flowers that were no longer fresh were composted and used to grow new plants and flowers in Kensington Gardens.