Britain is now in a period of national mourning following the death of the Queen’s consort, Prince Philip.

Parliament will not be allowed to pass any new laws, flags will be flown at half-mast, and TV presenters will wear black.

This period officially began after the Duke of Edinburgh’s death on Friday, and will last until the morning after his funeral on Sunday.

What does this mean?

The Queen has approved a recommendation by Boris Johnson for a period of national mourning lasting eight days.

Union flags will be flown at half-mast on royal residences, Government buildings, Armed Forces establishments and at UK posts overseas for the next week.



They will stay at half-mast until 8am on Sunday.

Public services and any services related to the Government’s pandemic response will continue as normal.

People will be able to access information and services online as necessary.

Will businesses close?

No, the guidance says there is ‘no expectation for businesses to close during the mourning period unless they wish to’. It remains a decision for individual organisations.

Many businesses in England, such as non-essential shops and pubs, have reopened today after being closed for months in the third national lockdown.

The guidance states that businesses might want to make arrangements for the national one-minute silence at 3pm for Philip’s funeral on Saturday.

Will sporting events take place?

This will be at the discretion of organisers.

The Football Association has confirmed all football fixtures will go ahead as planned this weekend.

But players are expected to wear black armbands and observe a minute’s silence before matches are played.

What happens to the royal family?

The Queen and the royal family have entered two weeks of mourning, starting from the day of Philip’s death.

Royal mourning will be observed by members of the family and their households, together with troops committed to ceremonial duties.

During this period, the royals will continue to undertake engagements where appropriate, and wear mourning bands.

Can you leave tributes?

People have been urged to donate to charitable organisations associated with Philip, instead of leaving floral tributes at royal residences.

The guidance asks people to not leave tributes in order to comply with coronavirus restrictions, and to prevent the spread of infection.

A list of organisations is available on the royal family’s official website, where there’s also an online book of condolence.



Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected]

For more stories like this, check our news page.