Closures and cancellations after Queen’s death – from Proms and shops to TV

The tragic news of the Queen's death has been announced – and with that, the UK will enter a period of national mourning.

There will be a number of changes to our day to day lives over the coming weeks and detailed plans have been in the works for many years.

Planning for the Queen's death has two codenames, 'Operation London Bridge' and 'Operation Unicorn', with the latter in place to cover what happens if the Queen dies in Scotland, as she sadly now has.

The Queen's funeral is due to take place around nine days after she dies and the period of mourning will see changes impacting everything from shop opening hours to the BBC Proms and television schedules.

Here is a breakdown of all the alterations that will now take place…


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The day of Queen Elizabeth's funeral will be a day of national mourning but employers will not be forced to give their staff the day off.

If the funeral falls on a weekend, which at the moment looks likely – as nine days after her death would fall on the weekend of the September 17 – there would be no need for a bank holiday.

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

Shops will close or only be open for reduced hours, while banks will, of course, also be shut.

The London Stock Exchange will be closed for at least the day of the Queen's funeral and possibly for several days after – which could potentially cost the economy billions.

Theatres and live performances

Theatres across the UK will continue with performances. However, they will be dimming their lights for a minutes silence in honour of Her Majesty.

Thursday night's BBC Proms event was also cancelled as a mark of respect, as well as the final two nights. 

The Royal Albert Hall tweeted: "As a mark of respect this evening’s BBC Proms concert will be cancelled."

They later added: "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."


Thursday's television schedules faced alterations from the moment the Queen's ill-health was announced by Buckingham Palace.

The BBC cancelled shows including Bargain Hunt, instead airing television was already very different for those watching BBC.

Bargain hunt was cancelled as live updates were broadcasted ever since news broke of her ill health.

News presenters across all channels were seen donning black in preparation for the event of the Queen's death.

Emmerdale and EastEnders were also cancelled as a result of the breaking announcement, out of respect for The Queen. 

Radio stations also changed their output, playing songs with lower tempos, avoiding dance hits and pop songs with sexual references.

TV schedules will not be going back to normal on Friday. ITV has announced all usual programming after Good Morning Britain will be cancelled with tributes to the Queen airing instead.

Changes are also expected on BBC One, Two and Channel 4.

Awards shows

The 2022 Mercury Award show has also been called off due to the breaking news released by Buckingham Palace.

Guests were already seated at the venue when the sad news broke. The ceremony organisers released a statement which read: "Tonight’s Mercury Prize event has been postponed at this time of great national sorrow. We know everyone involved in the Mercury Prize will understand. Our thoughts and condolences are with The Royal Family at this very difficult time."


All English football league games due to take place tomorrow have been postponed. An announcement on this weekend's Premier League matches is expected to be released on Friday morning. 

England's cricketing Test against South Africa at the Oval has also been suspended.

A statement read: "Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Friday’s play between England and South Africa Men at The Oval will not take place.

‘For fixtures beyond Friday, updates will be provided in due course."


This summer has seen a lot of strikes from both rail networks and Royal Mail.

However, following the news of the Queen's death, Royal Mail have now called off the strike action that was originally planned to go ahead tomorrow, Friday 05 September.


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