Will schools be closed on the public holiday?


he royal family and government invite the nation to observe the Queen’s state funeral ceremony, with a new public holiday.

As King Charles III was declared Head of State at the Accession Council, he approved the decree that the day of the Queen’s funeral be a public holiday.

The Queen’s funeral will take place on Monday, September 19. But are the schools closed on that day?

Will schools close for the state funeral?

Schools and colleges will be closed on Monday September 19, according to the government, to “enable individuals, businesses and other organizations to pay their respects to Her Majesty”.

In a separate statement, the Department for Education (DfE) said: ‘This day will be a public holiday and establishments which are normally closed on a public holiday should close on this day, as a sign of respect. This will include schools and colleges.

The DfE also revealed that Ofsted inspections would continue as normal during the mourning period, but no inspections are scheduled over the bank holiday.

Where is the state funeral?

The state funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey next week (Monday September 19) and the ceremony will start at 11am.

It will be broadcast live nationwide and to the rest of the world on BBC One.

Until then, the Queen will remain in state at Westminster Hall for four days, to allow the public to pay their respects.

After the funeral, the coffin will travel in procession from Westminster Abbey to Windsor Castle via the Long Walk.

A burial service will then take place in St George’s Chapel, before the Queen is buried next to her husband, Prince Philip, at the King George Memorial Chapel.

The Queen’s father, King George VI, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret’s sister also rest in the Memorial Chapel.