Her death ended a 70-year reign, the longest in history, when she ascended the throne after the death of her father, King George VI, on February 6, 1952.

The death of a British monarch and what happens next is a traditional ritual that has gradually faded from memory during the Queen’s long reign.

Following her death earlier today, Parliament was dissolved and the plane pilots broke the news to their passengers.

Queen Elizabeth II waits in the drawing room before receiving Liz Truss for an audience in Balmoral, Scotland.

The public braced for the worst after Her Majesty’s ill health was revealed earlier in the day, and the nation has now entered a two-week period of mourning.

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Will there be a public holiday?

There will almost certainly be a public holiday on the day of Her Majesty’s funeral, which will take place in 10 days.

The day of the funeral will be a day of national mourning, but employers will not be forced to give employees the day off.

The funeral will take place in Westminster Abbey, and a two-minute silence will be observed across the country at noon.

Another public holiday is also planned for the coronation of King Charles in the coming months, although details have yet to be confirmed.


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