What happens after the Queen's funeral? Here are the protocols to be followed by the Royal family

The royal mourning period tends to last seven days more following the funeral and is observed by members of the royal family and their households

What happens after the Queen's funeral? Here are the protocols to be followed by the Royal family
There are a lot of protocols to be followed even after the funeral of the Queen (Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty Images, Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
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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.

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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.

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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.

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The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, followed by (left to right, from front) King Charles III, the Queen Consort, the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Countess of Wessex, the Prince of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, the Princess of Wales, the Duke of Sussex, the Duchess of Sussex, Peter Phillips, the Earl of Snowdon, the Duke of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, and Prince Michael of Kent,  is carried by the Bearer Party in to the Committal Service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. The committal service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, took place following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. A private burial in The King George VI Memorial Chapel followed. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
From the committal service of Queen Elizabeth II. The funeral took place on Monday, September 19 Victoria Jones - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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.

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The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. The committal service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, took place following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. A private burial in The King George VI Memorial Chapel followed. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
The hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Windsor Castle II for the committal service (Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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."

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King Charles III places the the Queen's Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II during the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 in Windsor, England. The committal service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, took place following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. A private burial in The King George VI Memorial Chapel followed. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
King Charles III places the the Queen's Company Camp Colour of the Grenadier Guards on the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II during the Committal Service for Queen Elizabeth II at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on September 19, 2022 (Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

 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.

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Queen Elizabeth II poses for a photo after she recorded her annual Christmas Day message, in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace in a picture released on December 24, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8, 2022 (John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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.

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King Charles III and Camila, Queen Consort look on at Wellington Arch after the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
King Charles III and Camila, Queen Consort at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II (David Ramos/Getty Images)

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