The Queen’s death: Schools in Bristol given guidance on closing amid period of national mourning

Official guidance has been given on whether or not schools close during the period of National Mourning.

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The country has entered an official state of National Mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, aged 96.

The nation’s longest-ever reigning monarch died peacefully at her Balmoral Estate yesterday (September 8).

King Charles III has declared that a period of official royal mourning will be observed from today (September 9) lasting until seven days after the Queen’s state funeral.

Following the Queen’s death, the Department for Education notified schools and colleges across the country, including Bristol, to confirm the Cabinet Office would provide guidance on what protocol to observe.

In a government statement, it has been decided there is “no obligation” for schools or colleges across Bristol to close during the National Mourning period.

It said: “There is no obligation on organisations to suspend business during the National Mourning period.

“Depending on the nature and location of their business and the tone of planned events, some businesses may wish to consider closing or postponing events, especially on the day of the State Funeral, however this is at the discretion of individual businesses.

“Public services will continue as usual, although there may be some changes to service availability.

“Further guidance on any potential considerations relating to the day of the State Funeral will be issued if needed.”

A date is yet to be confirmed for the Queen’s state funeral though it is expected to be held on September 19.