Royals officially enter mourning period until seven days after Queen’s funeral

Royals officially enter mourning period until seven days after Queen’s funeral
Royals officially enter mourning period until seven days after Queen’s funeral

The royal family has entered a period of official mourning from now until seven days after the Queen’s funeral.

A statement from Buckingham Palace today said that a date for the funeral would be announced ‘in due course’, with an update thought to be in the coming days.

Gun salutes will be fired at 1pm today in Hyde Park and the Tower of London as a mark of respect. One round will be fired for each year of the 96-year-old Queen’s life.

Details of a period of national mourning are expected to follow, with the government set to announce information on this at a later point.

The Palace statement 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.

‘Royal Mourning will be observed by Members of the Royal Family, Royal Household staff and Representatives of the Royal Household on official duties, together with troops committed to Ceremonial Duties.’

The royal family also opened an online book of condolences where those who wish can leave tributes to the Queen, who died yesterday aged 96.