What happens after the Queen's funeral? Here are the protocols to be followed by the Royal family
LONDON, ENGLAND: The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-standing monarch took place on Monday, September 19. However, it is not going to be all back to normal after the funeral of a senior member of the royal family. There are a lot of protocols that have to be followed by the royal household even after the funeral.
Though the nation observed ten-day mourning for their beloved queen starting from September 8, from the day of her death to the day of her funeral on Monday, September 19, the royal family will continue to mourn for another seven days.
The royal mourning period after the funeral happens together with troops committed to ceremonial duties. In this case, the royal mourning period is due to end on Monday, 26 September. During this period, the families will continue to wear black though they can engage in royal duties. Although the members can engage in royal duties, they should choose the ones which are appropriate to the circumstances and requires permission from King Charles. For example, Princess Anne carried out some major engagements during the family's official mourning period for Prince Philip in 2021.
Royal family members are requested to wear mourning bands wherever it is appropriate. Flags will remain half-masted at Royal residences until 8 am on the morning after the final day of royal mourning. The royal mourning period will be headed by King Charles.
According to Hello, a recent statement by Buckingham Palace read, "It is His Majesty The King's wish that a period of Royal Mourning is 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."
A similar protocol was also observed after Prince Philip's funeral where the family member had a mourning period of seven more days after the funeral and all of them donned black during this period. Meanwhile, according to itv, the coronation of Prince Charles will require detailed planning.
It will be overseen by the Earl Marshal and it may not happen before spring 2023. There are several factors that will influence the date, including the weather and the cost of living crisis. Also, as the wife of the King, Camilla is technically Her Majesty The Queen, and while she may yet be referred to as Queen, she will continue to be referred to as Queen Consort.