Will we get a day off when the Queen dies?

Queen health: Charles and Camilla travel to Balmoral in helicopter

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On Thursday, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”

All the Queen’s four children, Anne, Prince Charles, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew, were with Her Majesty at Balmoral Castle.

Other royals have also made the journey up to Scotland to be with the monarch, including Prince Harry and Prince William.

Should Her Majesty, who celebrated her Platinum Jubilee this summer, pass away, the country will enter a period of official mourning.

Will we get a day off?

However, there is no official day off or bank holiday to mark the death of a reigning monarch.

Britain will follow a 10-day national period of mourning, with the Queen’s funeral due to take place on the 10th day should she pass.

There is no obligation for employers to give staff a day off for the funeral, although there will be a nationwide two minutes silence during the ceremony.

Government departments have been instructed to have flags at half mast within 10 minutes of the Queen’s passing being announced announcement, with Cabinet members set to be called with the sad news and urged to show “discretion”.

Prince Charles will also embark on a tour of the UK before the burial is held but after Her Majesty passes.

The funeral service will take place at Westminster Abbey, and a two minute silence will be held across the UK at noon.

A committal service will then be held at St George’s Chapel, which is at Windsor Castle, where the Queen will be buried at King George VI Memorial Chapel.

The 10-day operation is known as Operation Unicorn, which comes into affect if Her Majesty dies in Scotland.

While precise details for the operations are unknown, Operation Unicorn would see the Queen’s body transported to Edinburgh to rest at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Her coffin would then be taken to St Giles’ Cathedral in the Scottish capital, and it is expected she would then be placed on the Royal train at Waverley station and transported down to London.

Should Operation Unicorn not be possible, Operation Overstudy would see the Queen’s coffin transported south via aircraft where it would be met by the Prime Minister and senior officials.

Operation London Bridge is the plan should Her Majesty die in London, and reports say it would see the Prime Minister alerted by a phone call from a civil servant telling him or her “London Bridge is down”.

In the hours after the Queen’s death, a “call cascade” will take place informing the Prime Minister, the cabinet secretary and a number of the most senior ministers and officials. 

The Prime Minister will be informed by the Queen’s private secretary, who will also tell the Privy Council Office, which coordinates government work on behalf of the monarch.

Internally, the day will be referred to as “D-Day”, with each following day leading up to the funeral will be referred to as “D+1,” “D+2” and so on.

The royal household will then issue an “official notification” delivering the news to the public.

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