The Queen will pause royal duties for eight days of mourning following Prince Philip's death

The Queen will not perform any royal duties during the eight days of mourning.

Queen Elizabeth II prepares to greet Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev at Buckingham Palace on November 4, 2015 in London, England. The President of Kazakhstan is in the UK on an official visit as a guest of the British Government. He is accompanied by his wife and daughter, Dariga Nazarbayeva, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister.
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The Queen is set to begin eight days of mourning following the death of her husband, Prince Philip. 

The Queen will retreat from all royal business following the death of Prince Philip, to whom she was married for over 70 years. 

Her Majesty will enter an official mourning period of eight days, which will allow her to grieve her late husband in private without the pressure of work commitments. She will not be given any new bills to approve into legislation and all state affairs will be paused in respect of her loss. If needed, someone will be appointed to stand in her place during this difficult time. 

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The date of the funeral, which is predicted to be a military-style event on Prince Philip's request, has yet to be confirmed. It is likely the Queen will mourn privately following the funeral amongst other members of the Royal Family, who will also enter a grieving period. 

Prince Philip was confirmed to have died by Buckingham Palace this morning at the age of 99. The Duke of Edinburgh had suffered from poor health before his death, having been hospitalized for an undisclosed illness for a month last February. 

Emma Dooney
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