Everything that will be canceled after the death of Queen Elizabeth

Will there be a public holiday for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral?

No decision has yet been made as to whether or not there will be an additional public holiday. The funeral is expected to take place at Westminster Abbey in around 10 or 11 days, with the date to be confirmed by Buckingham Palace.

Will schools close for bereavement?

The Department for Education has said schools and colleges in England should remain open as normal during the mourning period.

In a message to headteachers, department officials said it would issue further guidance after funeral details are confirmed by the Royal Household.

Headteachers have been advised: “Schools and higher education institutions must remain open. While normal attendance is expected, headteachers continue to have the power to authorize time off for students in exceptional circumstances.

The DfE message went on to suggest that schools may want to ‘consider holding special activities, holding assemblies or adapting planned lessons’ to commemorate the Queen’s life.

Will stores close due to bereavement?

Shops will generally remain open throughout the mourning period, although some may choose to close on the day of the funeral, particularly if they are close to the procession route.

Official government guidelines state: “There is no obligation for organizations to suspend their activities during the period of national mourning.”

Some businesses may wish to close during the period of mourning, particularly on the day of the Queen’s State Funeral, but this is at their discretion. None of the major supermarkets have yet announced any changes to their opening hours.


Postal and railway strikes were called off on Thursday as the country entered a period of national mourning over the Queen’s death.

A planned strike by Royal Mail workers on Friday was called off after the Queen died. Members of the Communications Workers Union were due to continue a 48-hour strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Rail strikes that were brewing for September have been called off. The train drivers’ union Aslef had set a strike date for Thursday, September 15. The Transport Employees Association (TSSA) had planned a walkout on Monday, September 26.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has postponed its annual conference due to be held in Brighton from Sunday for four days.


The usual government business has been reduced to the essentials, with political announcements suspended – although measures to implement the new energy price freeze will continue to progress.

Government press releases and political announcements will not be made in the usual way during the mourning period, although critical information will still be released.

Public buildings will continue to operate and the machinery of government will continue, but a high bar will be set for new government communications with the country.

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