Despite members of the royal family experiencing a period of personal mourning following the Queen’s funeral on Monday, the general public will again be able to visit some royal residences from Thursday.
Palace officials have confirmed that The Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh will reopen to visitors on September 22.
Meanwhile, Windsor Castle, where the Committal Service for the Queen was held Monday with family and friends, will reopen on September 29.
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Windsor Castle, home of Her Majesty the Queen’s commitment service on Monday, will reopen on September 29
The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace will reopen to the public on Thursday 22 September
Meanwhile, The Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh will also reopen to the public on Thursday (Pictured: The Cairo to Constantinople Early Photographs of the Middle East exhibition)
However, there is some bad news for those hoping to still get access to the State Rooms on Buckingham Palace and the Royal Stables; neither will reopen to the public this year.
The special exhibitions at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee will not reopen.
However, the Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh will be extended until Monday 31 October.
Windsor Castle traditionally opens between March 1 and October 31 and is likely to see thousands of visitors make a pilgrimage to the beloved home of the late Queen in the coming weeks.
Following the Queen’s death on September 8 at Balmoral Castle, the royal family’s website confirmed that parts of royal residences that would normally be open to the public would close for a period of mourning.
The website stated: ‘It is His Majesty the King’s wish that a period of royal mourning be observed from now until seven days after the Queen’s funeral.’
Following the death of Her Majesty the Queen, His Majesty King Charles III declared that all royal residences would be closed to the public to observe a period of mourning (Pictured: The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace)
The Palace of Holyroodhouse (pictured during the Ceremony of the Keys) was closed to the public during a period of mourning. The Queen’s children took part in a procession behind their mother’s coffin as it was led in a resin to St. Gilles Cathedral, where Her Majesty lay in state
The statement added: “Royal mourning will be observed by members of the Royal Family, Royal Household staff and representatives of the Royal Household with official duties, along with troops committed to ceremonial duties.”
Meanwhile, flags flew at half-mast on royal residences after the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Queen’s state funeral took place on Monday at Westminster Abbey and was attended by some 2,000 guests, including royal families and leaders from around the world.
Following the state funeral, an afternoon dedicated service was held in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, before the Royal Family reconvened there at 7.30pm for a private, more intimate funeral service where Her Majesty was buried.
Queen Elizabeth II was buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel in Windsor, where she will lie forever with Prince Philip, her husband of 73, King George VI, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
After the state funeral at Westminster Abbey, an estimated 2 million people flock to central London to see the coffin.
Mourners covered the royal hearse with flowers as it traveled from Wellington Arch to Windsor after the Queen was carried past Buckingham Palace for the last time.
When the Queen’s casket was transferred to Windsor Castle, mourners continued to line the streets as it walked along the Long Walk to St George’s Chapel.
The Queen’s beloved corgis, Muick and Sandy, and one of her all-time favorite horses, made a particularly poignant performance in Windsor during the procession.
The young dogs—one on a red leash and one on a blue leash—were brought out into the quadrangle through two pages in red skirt coats before the arrival of the Queen’s casket.
Emma, the Queen’s Fell Pony, had greeted the procession, standing on the grass in an opening in the floral tribute along the Long Walk in honor of her late owner.