How long will the Queen and royal family officially be in mourning?

Jennifer Savin
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Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

Today (9 April) is an incredibly sad one for Queen Elizabeth II, as it was announced that her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, had passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle this morning. Following the death of her "beloved" partner and such a prominent royal figure, the Queen will now be expected to enter a period of mourning that will last for eight days.

During those eight days, no laws will be given the Royal Assent (meaning no new laws will be passed) and affairs of state will be put on hold by way of showing respect for Her Majesty's loss. After those eight days have been observed, the Queen will then undergo a further 30 days of mourning before likely making a return to her public engagements and duties.

No formal announcement has been made in regards to whether or not the Queen will be passing some of her royal duties on to Prince Charles, her eldest son, in the interim. Currently, no official details surrounding the funeral have been shared either, but the Royal Family has said 'further announcements will be made in due course' and the loss is still very fresh.

Other rules that will be implemented during this period of mourning will be observed across the wider nation. Said rules will include flags being lowered to a half-mast as a tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh and TV newsreaders wearing black clothing and armbands, along with MPs in the House of Commons.

Photo credit: JOEL SAGET
Photo credit: JOEL SAGET

While paying his respects to Prince Philip outside 10 Downing Street, Boris Johnson wore a black suit and praised the Duke for his pivotal role in helping the royals maintain their popularity throughout the ages: "Like the expert carriage driver that he was, he helped to steer the royal family and the monarchy, so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the balance and happiness of our national life."

The news of Philip's death was announced in a statement shared around midday. It reads in full: "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

Our thoughts are with the Queen and all of the royals during this sad time.

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