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What will be cancelled or closed in next days after Queen's death

Dominic Smithers

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What will be cancelled or closed in next days after Queen's death

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Following the death of the Queen, the country is in mourning, with people struggling to come to terms with the loss.

Her passing now raises questions as to what we can expect from the coming days.

Everything from sporting events and the television schedule, to the opening hours of shops and strikes will be affected.

Sport

In the immediate aftermath of Her Majesty's passing, the Football League took the decision to cancel two matches set to take place last night (8 September), while a minute's silence was held during Manchester United's Europa League game with Real Sociedad at Old Trafford.

Manchester United's match went ahead last night. Credit: PA Images/Alamy
Manchester United's match went ahead last night. Credit: PA Images/Alamy

West Ham and Hearts also played their Europa Conference League matches with similar marks of respect.

Play was suspended on the first day of the PGA Championship golf event at Wentworth, and the European Tour confirmed there would be no play today (9 September) either.

The Premier League announced today that all of the weekend's fixtures will be postponed until Tuesday (13 September).

When Princess Diana died, all football leagues matches due to take place on the day of her funeral were moved to the Friday before or the following Sunday.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced that play in the third Test between England and South Africa at The Oval would not take place today, though a decision will be made on the following three days.

Today's rugby league fixture between Sheffield Eagles and Dewsbury Rams has been postponed, though the Super League Elimination Play-Off in Perpignan between Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos will go ahead.

The Queen passed away yesterday. Credit: PjrNews/Alamy
The Queen passed away yesterday. Credit: PjrNews/Alamy

Horse racing at Southwell and Chelmsford was abandoned yesterday, and the British Horseracing Authority also announced the meetings scheduled for Friday have been cancelled.

Shopping and Economy

Following the news, Selfridges announced it would not be opening its doors today as a mark of respect, and it is expected that other businesses will do the same.

The day of the Queen's funeral will be a National Day of Mourning, and not an official bank holiday.

The service will take place at Westminster Abbey, and a two-minute silence will be held across the UK at midday.

It will be left to the discretion of employers as to whether they give their staff the day off.

Some shops will close over the coming days. Credit: Ian Dagnall/Alamy
Some shops will close over the coming days. Credit: Ian Dagnall/Alamy

Shops will most likely close or reduce their opening hours on the day, and banks will shut.

The London Stock Exchange will also be closed for the Queen's funeral and potentially for a few days after.

Television

When the news came in that the Queen was 'under medical supervision', the BBC cut its normal programming, switching to a special news bulletin, which ran until this morning.

Other channels also followed suit, showing commemorative news programmes and documentaries about her reign. However, there is no obligation for commercial channels to continue with such programming.

As part of its plans, the BBC will also suspend all comedy shows from airing over the coming days.

Theatre

The BBC announced that the final two nights of The Proms had been cancelled as a mark of respect for the Queen.

"Following the very sad news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen, as a mark of respect we will not be going ahead with Prom 71 on Friday September 9, or the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday September 10," it tweeted.

Two nights of The Proms have been cancelled. Credit: Rob Ball/Alamy
Two nights of The Proms have been cancelled. Credit: Rob Ball/Alamy

The Mercury Prize awards also announced that the event had been postponed, despite audience members already being in their seats at London’s Eventim Apollo.

A message displayed on the screen read: "In light of the sad news of the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, we are sorry to announce that we will not be proceeding with this evening's event as planned."

Strikes

As has been the case over the past few weeks, there were a number of strikes planned.

However, today's demonstration by Royal Mail workers has been cancelled following Her Majesty's passing.

The general secretary of the Communication Workers Union said: "Following the very sad news of the passing of the Queen and out of respect for her service to the country and her family, the union has decided to call off tomorrow’s planned strike action."

The TSSA - transport union - has also brought a halt to its planned action for this month.

Avanti West Coast workers were set to strike on 15-17 September, while Network Rail employees were set to walk out from 26 to 27 September.

Topics: The Queen, Royal Family, UK News, Sport

Dominic Smithers
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