Guidance for councils on marking the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Councils play a key role in ensuring that local communities can celebrate and commemorate the life of Her Majesty The Queen in a safe and befitting manner.


This page signposts guidance for councils on marking the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II. If you have any specific questions or concerns you would like to raise, please contact your Principal Adviser.

Information for councils and councillors

All councils have previously received guidance from the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on plans to mark the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II. The Government guidance supplemented guidance for councils from the National Association of Civic Officers’ (NACO).  

In recent days, DLUHC has produced a number of supplementary guidance notes on specific issues and is engaged in regular communication with councils. NACO are also providing regular updates to their members. 

The LGA has provided a short briefing for councillors summarising the steps that councils will be undertaking during the national period of mourning. This note is being updated as plans develop to reflect latest government guidance and announcements. 

Local government working arrangements during Her Majesty's State Funeral

The Police Staff Council (PSC) has issued guidance on working arrangements on the day of the State Funeral of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:

PSC joint circular 125 – State Funeral of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The National Joint Council (NJC) for local government services has provided information on managing the additional bank holiday:

NJC circular - State Funeral of her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Information for councillors

All councils and councillors will wish to mark the passing of HM The Queen after more than 70 years as monarch. The LGA's briefing note for councillors note summarises the steps that councils will be taking during the national period of mourning.

Public information 

The Demise of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: National Mourning Guidance (GOV.UK) 

National Moment of reflection (GOV.UK)

The Royal Family’s official website