Following the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Updated: 11:40am on September 9th 2022

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Remembering Her Majesty The Queen

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Sign the Online Book of Condolence

The Church of England has opened an Online Book of Condolence which you may wish to sign here. Your local church may have a Book of Condolence available to sign.

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Outline of Events.

A timeline for the period of National Mourning is detailed below but PLEASE NOTE: these timings may be adjusted. 

D-Day (Friday 9th September) 

  • The formal announcement of the death of the Queen was made yesterday evening. 
  • Bells may be tolled for one hour at noon.
  • Flags to be flown at half-mast and to remain at this height until the day after the funeral.

D-Day+1 (Saturday 10th September) ‘Proclamation Day’

  • 11.00am – Proclamation of new Monarch at the appropriate Royal Palace, followed by further proclamation at noon in London. 
  • 11.00am – Flags to be raised to full height until 13.00 on D+2.

D-Day+2 (Sunday 11th September)

  • Noon – Proclamation of new monarch in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.
  • 13.00 – Flags to be lowered to half mast, and to remain at this height until the day after the State Funeral. 
  • 14.00 – Proclamation of new monarch at County/Unitary Authority level. 
  • 16.00 onwards – Proclamation of new monarch at parish level. 
  • Bells should be rung open (i.e. unmuffled) in celebration of the accession at a practicable time (with the agreement of the Parochial Church Council) following the announcement. Bells should then revert to being rung muffled until the day of the state funeral.


  • Lying-in-state begins in Westminster Hall. 

D-Day +10 (or +11 if +10 is a Sunday)

The Royal Household have requested that, if they can, parishes toll their bells for the hour immediately prior to the time of the funeral service. 

  • State funeral, Westminster Abbey
  • Two minutes silence observed nationally (time to be confirmed)
  • Public Holiday (if weekday)

Day after the Funeral

  • Flags return to full mast at 8am
  • Removal of flowers (possible local ceremony to mark this)
  • Books of condolence close by 5pm
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