Royal Mail announce suspension of services on day of Queen's funeral

The announcement comes as King Charles approved an order to make the date a bank holiday.

Royal Mail announces services will be suspended on day of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral iStock

Royal Mail has confirmed it will suspend its services on the day of the Queen’s funeral.

The date of the funeral is yet to be confirmed, but the King on Saturday approved an order to make it a bank holiday.

In a statement, Royal Mail chief executive Simon Thompson said the service would continue to play an “important role” in delivering messages of condolence to the Royal Family.

He said: “We are proud that over the coming days Royal Mail will play an important role delivering messages of condolence from all around the world to the Royal Family.

“We want to make our customers aware that services will be suspended on the day of the funeral as people come together to honour Her Majesty, after 70 years of exemplary service to the nation and the Commonwealth.”

Further details will be available on the Royal Mail website once the date of the funeral and other arrangements have been confirmed.

The relationship between the monarch and the British postal service has been in place for more than 500 years, since King Henry VIII appointed the very first postmaster.

Royal Mail said the Queen continued this close relationship, taking a keen interest in Royal Mail and playing an active role in the selection and approval of stamps.

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