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A bank holiday has been declared for the Queen’s state funeral

King Charles III approved the day off at his first meeting with the Privy Council

Huw Oliver
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Huw Oliver
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Ellie Muir
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Queen Elizabeth II has died at the age of 96, and now a lot of people are wondering what happens next. The most significant (and imminent) event is the Queen’s funeral, which is taking place on Monday September 19 and will be live-streamed worldwide. The service will take place at Westminster Abbey and there will be a national two-minute silence at midday.

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Do we get a day off now that the Queen has died?

The day of the Queen’s state funeral – Monday September 19 – will be a bank holiday. King Charles III approved the holiday in his first meeting with the Privy Council at St James’s Palace.

Penny Mordaunt, the acting Lord President of the Council, read out two draft statements that the day should be a bank holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and in Scotland. Charles said ‘approved’ and then signed the two proclamations.

Will shops, schools, banks and post offices be shut?

Now a nationwide bank holiday has been granted, schools and offices will be closed, and most shops, banks and post offices will be too. We’ll keep you updated on the latest information and announcements as the date of the funeral approaches.

Will we get an annual bank holiday?

It’s unlikely that there will be a bank holiday every year to commemorate the Queen’s funeral. However, more than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for the day off to be made permanent – here’s everything we know.

Read more: what will happen to coins, stamps and passports now the Queen has died?

Plus: what will happen to the Queen’s corgis?

And: when will the period of national mourning end?

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