King Charles III, the Queen and the Prince of Wales during the meeting of the Accession Council (VIctoria Jones/PA Wire)
King Charles III has approved an order that the day of the Queen’s funeral will be a bank holiday.
The date of the funeral has not yet been announced, but it is understood it could be held on Monday September 19, at the end of the 10-day period of mourning.
The new king confirmed the public holiday during his accession ceremony, at which he was officially proclaimed as the new monarch.
The king approved an order that the day of the Queen’s funeral will be a bank holiday.
Mordaunt said: “Drafts of two proclamations. One – appointing the day of Her late Majesty’s state funeral as a bank holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
“Two – appointing the day of Her late Majesty’s state funeral as a bank holiday in Scotland.
“And of two orders in council, directing the Lord Chancellor to affix the great seal to the proclamations.”
King Charles III answered: “Approved.”
Applause and cheers of ‘God save the King‘ broke out outside St James’s Palace after the accession proclamation, before a crowd of thousands sang the chorus of the national anthem, singing ‘King’ in place of ‘Queen’.
Those gathered outside the palace then gave three cheers for the new king before standing and listening to a gun salute in the distance.