Royal Family enter week of mourning after national period ends –

Members of the Royal Family in black.
The Royal Family will continue an official period of grief for another week (Picture: WireImage)

The Queen’s loved ones will continue to grieve for another seven days as the national period of mourning comes to an end.

Union flags on royal residences will remain at half-mast until 8am on September 26, while flags on government buildings returned to full-mast today.

King Charles has flown to Balmoral in Scotland, the estate where his mother spent her final days, after 12 gruelling days of public engagements.

Other senior royals who appear in public will likely carry on wearing black with jewellery specifically set aside to be worn in grief.

Many of the royal women, including Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, were pictured wearing pearls – a favourite of the Queen – at yesterday’s state funeral.

Pearls, seen to represent tears, have been worn during mourning since the 19th century, when Queen Victoria exclusively wore them and black dresses for 40 years to grieve her husband Albert.

British flag flown at half-mast in Westminster.
Government buildings around the world have been flying the flag at half-mast for 10 days (Picture: Getty)
Britain's Kate, Princess of Wales wearing pearls with Princess Charlotte.
Kate Middleton was one of the Royal Family members wearing pearls for the Queen (Picture: Reuters)
Britain's King Charles III, Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex arrive at Westminster Abbey in London.
The Royal Family are unlikely to appear at any public engagements this week (Picture: Getty)

The Royal Family will not be expected at official engagements until next week.

Condolence gestures, like all news broadcasters wearing black, have stopped, along with the return of regular TV schedules.

Organisations that closed their doors for the funeral reopened this morning, and any cancelled sporting events will be rescheduled.

Crowds gather on The Mall near Buckingham Palace ahead of the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey.
The British public have spent the last 10 days mourning the Queen (Picture: Getty)

The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace in central London, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh will only reopen to visitors on Thursday.

But the summer opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews will not resume for the public again this year.

Special displays at the Palace, Windsor Castle and Holyroodhouse marking the Platinum Jubilee will also not reopen.

Her Majesty was finally laid to rest alongside Prince Philip yesterday after her coffin was lowered into the royal vault at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.

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