Queen Elizabeth II funeral: Why does Britain mourn its royal family as it does?

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Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96 on 8 September 2022

Like many things involving the British royal family, the sad occasion of a monarch’s death is governed by tradition and convention.

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September, a period of royal mourning has been declared to last up to seven days after her funeral.

Here’s the story of some of the traditions used to mark the passing of Britain’s oldest monarch, many of which are now world famous.

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