Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday at the age of 96, ending a generation-spanning, seven-decade rule that made her a beacon of stability in a tumultuous world.
Her son, King Charles III, has climbed to the throne and will produce to London on Friday after expending Thursday nighttime at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. He is anticipated to address the country later.
The UK has penetrated a period of authorized mourning, with formal gun salutes to the Queen desired later and awards from about the world flooding in.
As monarch, the Queen is automatically gifted a publicly supported state funeral. Facts for the funeral are anticipated to be dismissed by the palace soon.
Premier League and other football games were delayed all around the United Kingdom following Queen’s death
All weekend football institutions formerly organized in England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland have been delayed as “a mark of respect,” following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
In England, all Premier League, English Football League, Women’s Super League, Women’s Championship, Women’s FA Cup National League, FA Trophy, and all grassroots football games were postponed, the English Football Association (FA) informed on Friday.
The WSL had been prepared for a significant launch of its new season, wishing to capitalize on the soaring favor of the women’s Euros this year.
All flags at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park will resume flying at half-mast over the weekend, according to the FA.
It arrives as the sporting earth answers to the demise of the monarch. Horse racing in the United Kingdom has been arrested and the second day of the PGA Championship golf tournament has been put on wait.
In Scotland, the Scottish Football Association reported that in a meeting with the Scottish Professional Football League, Scottish Women’s Premier League, and Scottish Highland and lowland Football Leagues that all professional football tournaments will also be delayed this weekend.
Scottish FA president Rod Petrie publicized the conclusion in a report expressing that after sessions, “it was agreed that this was the appropriate step to take” after the Queen’s death.
Earlier on Friday, the Northern Ireland Football Association announced this weekend’s fixtures across all affiliated football in the country.
Renowned UK stores Harrods and Selfridges close as a tribute to the Queen Elizabeth II death
Selfridges, one of the United Kingdom’s oldest department stores, is honoring Queen Elizabeth II by closing its stores on Friday.
“As a mark of respect, our London, Manchester and Birmingham stores are now closed and will reopen on Saturday 10 September,” Selfridges announced on its website.
Luxury department store Harrods announced on Friday that it would be closing its stores on the day of the Queen’s state funeral “to commemorate the life of Her Majesty the Queen and pay our respects.”
“Harrods stands with the entire nation in grief on the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. Her Majesty stood as a symbol of Britain, bringing comfort, leadership, and steadfastness to millions over her 70-year reign,” it said in a statement.
“She’s always been there”: Johnson pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth
Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons, Westminster, England, on September 9. (Parliament TV)
Boris Johnson called the Queen “the keystone in the vast arch in the British state” during his tribute to the monarch in the House of Commons.
He said that during his time as Prime Minister, the BBC filmed an interview with him in which they asked him to discuss the Queen in the past tense. Johnson did not explain why the request was made, but networks routinely prepare footage to broadcast in the event of a notable figure’s death.
“I’m afraid I simply choked up, and I couldn’t go on. And I’m really not easily moved to tears, but I was so overcome with sadness that I had to ask them to go away,” Johnson said.
“I know that today, there are countless people in this country and around the world who have experienced the same sudden access of unexpected emotion.”
“Perhaps it’s partly that she’s always been there: a changeless human reference point in British life.”
“Think of what we asked that 25-year-old woman all those years ago. To be the person so globally trusted that her image should be on every unit of our currency, every postage stamp, the person in whose name all justice is dispensed in this country,” Johnson said.
“Think what we asked of her in that moment.”