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UPDATE: National mourning guidance
The government has released National Mourning Guidance, which we wanted to draw to your attention. The guidance sets out information on aspects of the National Mourning period such as floral tributes and social media advice. It outlines that it is at the discretion of businesses whether to consider closing or postponing events - especially on the day of the State Funeral - depending on their nature and tone
How will this affect your business?
Day of Death
It’s thought that the Government will not order employers to give employees the day off, leaving this as a matter between employers and their staff.
Day of National Mourning
The prime minister and the queen have agreed that the day of the state funeral will be a “Day of National Mourning.”
The day will effectively be a bank holiday, although it will not be named as such.
It is suggested that Ops teams arrange a meeting with their security providers and venues as soon as possible to understand the proposed plans, and therefore understand any possible extra mitigating plans needing to be put in place as organisers through security companies.
In the hours after the Queen’s death, a “call cascade” will take place informing the Prime Minister.
The royal household will issue an “official notification” delivering the news to the public.
Flags are to be lowered to half-mast.
At 10 a.m. on the day after the queen’s death, the Accession Council — which includes senior government figures — meets at St. James’ Palace to proclaim King Charles the new sovereign.
D-Day+6 to D-Day+9
The Queen will lie in state at the Palace of Westminster for three days. Her coffin will lie on a raised box known as a catafalque in the middle of Westminster Hall, which will be open to the public for 23 hours per day
The state funeral itself will be held at Westminster Abbey.
There will be a two minutes’ silence across the nation at midday.
We advise that the homepage of your website hosts a message of condolence, with a black and white image of the Queen.
We also suggest working with your website developer to have this prepared ahead of time.
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Example Social Media Posts
For events taking place on the Day of Death
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts and condolences are with the Royal Family during this difficult time. Rest in Peace, Your Majesty.
After much consideration, we have taken the decision that [EVENT] will remain open. Please join us as we take part in the national minute’s silence at [TIME], today.
For events taking place during the funeral
After much consideration, we have taken the decision that [EVENT], which is planned to take place between [dates] and therefore coincides with the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, will go ahead.
Please join us as we take part in the national two-minute’s silence at [TIME], today.
Venues will need to consider the following options:
- Close throughout the mourning period up to the funeral
- Close on the days the funeral and the coronation
- Not close at all
Private enterprises will be under no statutory or legal obligation to close.
Deciding to close will be a decision that will be taken based on what is appropriate and acceptable.
The AEO has reached out to TFL, however there is a lot of confidentiality surrounding plans.
‘It would be all hands on deck throughout London, with all lines running to capacity.’
Considering the above, it seems the main disruption concern for events is delayed/cancelled public transport and the general traffic in the capital, due to the amount of people expected to flock London.