UPDATE (SEPTEMBER 8 – 7.10pm): The Queen has died at the age of 96. Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “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.”
For over 70 years Queen Elizabeth ll has reigned over the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Now, amid new concerning health issues, people are wondering if they get any days off when the queen passes away.
Today, doctors have publicly spoken about new concerning issues regarding Queen Elizabeth ll. Yesterday, the 96-year-old pulled out of a virtual Privy meeting. Tuesday, which saw her meeting with Prime Minister Liz Truss, was her last in-person obligation.
Already, BBC 1 has cancelled regular scheduling until 7pm to make way for news coverage about the ongoing situation. All those under 70 years old will only know Queen Elizabeth ll as a monarch. Nevertheless, with so much time passing since the last monarch’s death, the mourning period will be completely different from the last time.
Here’s what we can expect when Her Majesty sadly dies.
Will we get any days off when the Queen dies?
Whilst the nation will enter a national 10 days of mourning, only the day of her funeral will be considered a national holiday. Even then, employers are not required to give employees the day off. Most likely, the day will be treated similarly to a bank holiday.
Like adults, children will observe the national day of mourning on the day of the Queen’s funeral. Schools will close, as they do on Bank Holidays, for that day only. For the rest of the 10 days, children will most likely be required to be in school.
If her funeral falls on a weekend or an existing bank holiday, no extra day off will be granted.
Last year, the details of the procedure in the aftermath of the Queen’s death were leaked. ‘Operation London Bridge’ details that the day the Queen dies will be labelled ‘D Day’. The days following her death will be known as ‘D Day Plus’ however many days have been. For example. The day after her death will be ‘D Day Plus One’
What about TV?
Like today, the BBC will suspend regular scheduling to dedicate coverage to the Queen’s death. If Her Majesty dies during the night, then the official announcement will happen at 8am, just as with Princess Diana.
All the BBC channels will revert to their idents, before coming together to announce the news of the Queen’s death. All newsreaders and reporters will be required to wear black. It is expected her portrait will be shown on the screen along with the national anthem.
According to BristolLive, no other channel apart from the BBC is required to suspend programming. Though, as when Prince Phillip’s death, it is expected most channels’ regular scheduling will be interrupted. They also report that no comedy programmes will be broadcast during the 10 days of mourning
When will Charles become King?
The throne is never vacant, so Prince Charles will become King immediately. Prince Charles will be the oldest person to take the throne, so there is a possibility that he will abdicate and Prince William will become King.
Whoever takes over the throne, Great Britain will have a King for the first time in 70 years. Postage stamps, banknotes, and the national anthem will change to reflect this. His coronation will not be expected for a little while. This was the case with Queen Elizabeth ll, who was not coronated until 1953 following her father’s death in 1952.