Royal mourning to last 7 days after funeral, royal gun salutes as UK mourns Queen Elizabeth


Queen Elizabeth II died at 96 on Thursday. A period of mourning for the Royal Family will be observed from Friday until seven days after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace announced on Friday. The date of the funeral will be confirmed by the Royal Family in due course.

As a mark of respect, gun salutes will be fired from central London in Hyde Park and the Tower of London from 1 pm on Friday, Sky News reported. One round will be fired for each year of the Queen’s life.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed details of a gun salute to take place in honour of the Queen’s life.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, it is His Majesty The King’s wish that a period of Royal Mourning be observed from now until seven days after The Queen’s Funeral.”

The Royal mourning will be observed by members of Royal Family, Royal Household staff and Representatives of the Royal Household on official duties, together with troops committed to Ceremonial Duties, the Royal Family said in a statement.

Britain’s Prime Minister Liz Truss and other senior ministers will attend a public service of remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral in central London. The length of the national mourning is likely to be 12 days, from now up to the day after the Queen’s funeral.

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96 rounds of gun salutes- one for every year of the Queen’s life- will be fired in tribute to the Queen. Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Windsor Castle will toll their bells to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.

A statement says: “Royal Salutes will be fired in London today at 1300 hrs BST in Hyde Park by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and at the Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company. “One round will be fired for each year of The Queen’s life.”

Meanwhile, the stamps bearing the image of the Queen remain valid following her death, the Royal Mail said. Flags at royal residences will remain at half-mast until the morning after the final day of royal mourning.

An online Book of Condolence has been opened on the official royal website,

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The Queen’s state funeral will be the UK’s first in more than half a century, with former Prime Minister Winston Churchill being the last head of state to be accorded with this honour in 1965.

The Queen’s coffin will be lying in state, which is a tradition in which the body of the deceased is placed in a state building for the public to pay their tribute.

The Queen will lie in state in Westminster Hall for about four days before her funeral, according to the BBC.

In an emotional first address to the nation, King Charles III, praised Queen Elizabeth’s warmth, humour and ability to see the best in people. He announced he had created his son William the Prince of Wales, with his wife Catherine the Princess of Wales. He also expressed his “love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas”.

He said, “And to my darling Mama, as you begin your last great journey to join my dear late Papa, I want simply to say this: thank you.

“Thank you for your love and devotion to our family and to the family of nations you have served so diligently all these years.

“May ‘flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest’.”

(With agency inputs)

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