Unexpected things that will happen after the Queen’s death

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    2JETE8R Queen Elizabeth II attends an armed forces act of loyalty parade in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, as they mark her platinum jubilee in Scotland. The ceremony is part of the Queen's traditional trip to Scotland for Holyrood Week. Picture date: Tuesday June 28, 2022.

    There is an intricate set of actions that have been planned and are taking place after the Queen’s death. Here are some of the more unexpected rituals that will be happening…

    Words: Millie Sykes

    The Royal bee keeper has to inform the palace bees of the Queen’s death

    The news of the Queen’s death must be whispered to the bees at Buckingham Palace and Clarence House. This duty falls upon the official Palace beekeeper, John Chapple, who says the words ‘The mistress is dead, but don’t you go. Your master will be a good master to you.’ The hives are also adorned with black ribbons tied into bows.

    This strange occurrence is due to an old superstition that if the bees are not informed of their change in master they could stop producing honey, leave the hive or even die.

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    Big Ben’s chimes will be muted

    On the morning of Her Majesty’s funeral, the chimes of Big Ben will fill the air at 9am. The sound will be different to usual and will be muffled due to a piece of leather covering the hammer that hits the bell.

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    Credit: Robert Kelsey

    Strict mourning attire will be worn 

    Mourning bands will be worn by the Royal Family and also the staff at Buckingham Palace. Strict rules declare the band must be three-and-a-quarter inches wide and worn on the left arm.

    The Crown Jewels will be cleaned

    On the morning of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, the Crown Jewels will be whisked away from where they have rested upon her coffin in Westminster Hall. They will be thoroughly cleaned by jewellers which is a necessity after so many people have filed past the coffin to pay their respects.   

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