The death of the queen: will schools close, will football be canceled this weekend and will there be a bank holiday?

Queen Elizabeth II in a Jaguar Land Rover in the West Midlands.
Queen Elizabeth II in a Jaguar Land Rover in the West Midlands.

The Queen was a stalwart figure in our society, an unchanging figure in a sea of ​​change decades deep, and many of our viewers want to know what happens next.

Parents, for example, want to know if schools will be closed, while others want to know if we will have a bank holiday or not.

There will be a schedule of events and the Government is expected to update the nation today, but below is what we know so far.

The new King and Queen return to London today after spending the night at Balmoral.

Charles and Camilla will have an audience with Prime Minister Liz Truss, before meeting with the Duke of Norfolk, who is in charge of the queen’s ascension to the throne and funeral.

While nothing has been confirmed, the funeral is likely to take place at Westminster Abbey in about ten days.

The day of the funeral will reportedly be a national day of mourning and will be a public holiday, although it won’t necessarily be called a “holiday.”

Employers will reportedly not be forced to allow employees the day off.

Everything still needs to be confirmed by Buckingham Palace and the Government, but if it goes ahead, schools will be closed on that day.

West Midlands football teams including Wolves, West Brom, Walsall and Aston Villa have all paid their own tributes to the Queen.

The Premier League and other sports associations are awaiting guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and will make announcements this morning, but it has been reported that they expect this weekend’s matches to be postponed.

At least one club has canceled its coaches’ press conference while they wait to find out what will happen.

The second day of the England V South Africa cricket test has also been postponed, with no word on when it will continue.

As it stands, schools are open. It is understood that they will only be closed if a public holiday is declared, but we can expect more guidance from the Government and later.

It has been reported, as mentioned above, that schools will be closed on the day of the Queen’s funeral.

The Department for Education said yesterday: “On September 8, 2022, Buckingham Palace announced the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

“The Government will issue further guidance and information shortly.”

Three unions said the strikes will not continue after the Queen’s death on Thursday afternoon.

Planned strikes by railway and postal workers have been called off as a result of the Queen’s death.

Members of the Railroad, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union were due to strike on September 15-17 in a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

Its Secretary General, Mick Lynch, said: “RMT joins the entire nation in paying their respects to Queen Elizabeth.

“The railway strike scheduled for September 15 and 17 is suspended.

“We express our deepest condolences to his family, friends and the country.”

The Salaried Transportation Staff Association (TSSA) also called off planned strikes.

A statement said: “Following the news that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has died, the TSSA union extends its deepest condolences to her family, friends, the country and those affected by her passing.

“TSSA is canceling the industrial action planned for September and will respect the period of public mourning.

“The union honors Britain’s longest-serving monarch.”

Members of the Communication Workers Union were due to continue a 48-hour strike on Friday in a dispute over wages and conditions.

The King will make a televised address to the nation, which must be recorded in advance, in the early afternoon.

He will pay homage to the Queen and pledge his duty to her service as the new sovereign.

A further announcement on the notes will be made once the mourning period following the Queen’s death has been observed.

The Queen was the first monarch to appear on Bank of England notes.

Government departments have issued the following advice regarding flags flown following the Queen’s death: “Following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, all official flags, including the Union Flag, must be flown at half-staff from today until 08:00 the next day. The Queen’s State Funeral Flags may be flown overnight during this period, but must remain at half-staff.

“The official flags in this case are defined as the national flags of the home nations, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories, Ensigns and Ship Colours.

“Any unofficial flag flying or to be flown, such as the rainbow flag or the Armed Forces Day flag, must be retired and replaced with a Union flag at half-staff. Other official flags scheduled to fly may be flown normal, but at half-staff,” the council continued.

“Half-staff means that the flag flies one-third of the pole from the top, with at least the height of the flag between the top of the flag and the top of the pole.

“On poles that are more than 45° from vertical, flags may not be flown at half-staff and must not be flown at all.

“The Union flag must fly in the correct direction: in the half of the flag closest to the flagpole, the widest diagonal white stripe must be above the red diagonal stripe,” he concluded.

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