King Charles III will get to decide exactly how long UK mourns Queen Elizabeth

The UK is now officially in a period of mourning due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II (September 8).

But for how long we remain so depends on her successor, King Charles III.

Her Majesty's death, at the age of 96, was announced by Buckingham Palace.

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A spokesman said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow. “

While many assume the period of mourning – or Court Mourning as it is officially known – will be around 10 days, history tells us something different.

According to PA, when George VI died in February 1952, the royals, on the order of Elizabeth II, observed Court Mourning for just over 16 weeks – much shorter than previously.

After George V’s death in January 1936, the court, on the orders of Edward VIII, went into full Court Mourning for six months, followed by three months of half- mourning.

When Queen Victoria died in January 1901, the court went into mourning for an entire year.

The day of the Queen's funeral will be a Day of National Mourning – but that has no baring on the official mourning period for the entire country.

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However, according to previously leaked documents, it won't be a bank holiday and employers will not be compelled to give staff a day off.

Instead, this is believed to be a matter of discretion for each employer and their staff.

However, if the funeral takes places on the weekend or an existing bank holiday, an extra public day off work will not be granted.

When Prince Albert died, Queen Victoria gave instructions that the public mourning for the Prince Consort should be “for the longest term in modern times”.

Members of the royal household did not appear in public out of mourning for a year.

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Victoria mourned Albert for the rest of her life – wearing black for 40 years and continuing to use writing paper with black borders.

Royals may be seen far less in public than previously during the mourning period, although official engagements may be carried out.

Social engagements are usually cancelled, unless they are in aid of charity.

The armed services usually observe Service Mourning on the death of a sovereign, with officers wearing a black crepe armband on the left arm as a mark of respect.

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