Queen’s state funeral: What is cancelled and what is closed on Monday, September 19?

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A state funeral for the Queen is being held on Monday September 19  (AFP via Getty Images)
A state funeral for the Queen is being held on Monday September 19 (AFP via Getty Images)

A number of retailers and venues are closing for the Queen’s funeral while hospital appointments, court hearings and cultural and sporting events are being cancelled.

Monday, September 19 is now a bank holiday, with businesses encouraged to give workers an opportunity to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning monarch.

A funeral service is being held at Westminster Abbey in London at 11am on Monday. Out of a mark of respect, much of the UK will shut down.

Here is a list of what will be closed and cancelled on the day:

Cancellations

Hospital appointments

NHS hospitals in England have been urged to contact all patients with appointments on Monday, whether or not their appointment has been postponed.

Some hospitals have said they will be operating as usual, while others have said that they will postpone some non-urgent appointments.

Hospital trusts are expected to make their own decisions around appointments based on local staffing levels and whether or not local transport will mean patients and staff are unable to attend.

The public has been urged to check they have enough medication over the bank holiday.

HM Queen Elizabeth II - In pictures

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Princess Elizabeth waving from the carriage as she drives in London in May 1928 (PA)
Princess Elizabeth waving from the carriage as she drives in London in May 1928 (PA)
The Queen wearing the Imperial State Crown and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh in uniform of Admiral of the Fleet wave from the balcony to the onlooking crowds around the gates of Buckingham Palace after the Coronation in 1953 (PA)
The Queen wearing the Imperial State Crown and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh in uniform of Admiral of the Fleet wave from the balcony to the onlooking crowds around the gates of Buckingham Palace after the Coronation in 1953 (PA)
England captain Bobby Moore receives the Jules Rimet Trophy from The Queen after England defeated West Germany in 1966 (AP)
England captain Bobby Moore receives the Jules Rimet Trophy from The Queen after England defeated West Germany in 1966 (AP)
Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear having cream tea at Buckingham Palace (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear having cream tea at Buckingham Palace (PA)
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The Queen sitting with her corgis at Virginia Water to watch competitors, including Prince Philip in the Marathon of the European Driving Championship, part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 1973 (PA)
The Queen sitting with her corgis at Virginia Water to watch competitors, including Prince Philip in the Marathon of the European Driving Championship, part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 1973 (PA)
The then the Duke and Duchess of York with their daughter Princess Elizabeth at her christening on May 1, 1926. It was not expected that Elizabeth would become Queen (PA)
The then the Duke and Duchess of York with their daughter Princess Elizabeth at her christening on May 1, 1926. It was not expected that Elizabeth would become Queen (PA)
Princess Elizabeth arriving at Olympia for the Royal Tournament in 1930 (PA)
Princess Elizabeth arriving at Olympia for the Royal Tournament in 1930 (PA)

Football

The Premier League has announced that the competition will return to action for the upcoming weekend, but with several postponements already confirmed.

The Premier League has confirmed that Chelsea vs Liverpool, originally scheduled for Sunday at 4.30pm, has been postponed. Manchester United vs Leeds has also been postponed.

Brighton vs Crystal Palace was postponed before the Queen died due and the game remains off.

Brentford vs Arsenal has been moved to an earlier start of midday on Sunday, with Everton vs West Ham now starting at 2.15pm instead of 2pm on the same day.

The other Premier League fixtures will go ahead as planned.

Courts

Most hearings will not take place on Monday 19 September.

Urgent hearings, including overnight custody cases will continue in consultation with the judiciary. Cases where defendants have been remanded in custody to appear in court on the day of the funeral will be adjourned to the next available date.

London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week - held between September 16 and 20 - will continue but shows have been rearranged.

“As a business-to-business event London Fashion Week will continue while observing Royal Protocol and the event will be dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with our own moments of respect,” event organisers said in a statement.

All shows on Monday 19th September have been rearranged. All parties and events beyond collection presentations and catwalks will be postponed or scaled back to focus on business.

Strikes

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has called off its strikes, which were planned for September 15 and 17.

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) has called off all industrial action planned for September.

HM Queen Elizabeth II - Corgis

Queen Elizabeth II stroking Candy, her corgi dog, as she looks at a display of memorabilia from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II stroking Candy, her corgi dog, as she looks at a display of memorabilia from her Golden and Platinum Jubilees (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Roman site of Vindolanda near Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland, with a corgi bred by the Queen and then owned by Lady Beaumont. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Roman site of Vindolanda near Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland, with a corgi bred by the Queen and then owned by Lady Beaumont. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II leaving Buckingham Palace, London, for Windsor Castle to socially distance herself amid the coronavirus pandemic. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II leaving Buckingham Palace, London, for Windsor Castle to socially distance herself amid the coronavirus pandemic. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II poses, with the England rugby squad at a reception at Buckingham Palace in London to celebrate winning the Rugby World Cup, accompanied by one of her beloved Corgis. (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II poses, with the England rugby squad at a reception at Buckingham Palace in London to celebrate winning the Rugby World Cup, accompanied by one of her beloved Corgis. (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II is greeted by local corgi enthusiasts as she departs the Legislature Building in Edmonton, Alberta Tuesday 23 May 2005, during the state visit to Canada. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II is greeted by local corgi enthusiasts as she departs the Legislature Building in Edmonton, Alberta Tuesday 23 May 2005, during the state visit to Canada. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II, Andrew, Edward and two corgis watch TV at Sandringham in 1969 (JOAN WILLIAMS)
Queen Elizabeth II, Andrew, Edward and two corgis watch TV at Sandringham in 1969 (JOAN WILLIAMS)
Corgi puppies being carried on to an Andover of the Queen's Flight as Queen Elizabeth II arrives at London's Heathrow Airport to board the plane for her flight to Aberdeen and the start of her annual holiday at Balmoral. (PA)
Corgi puppies being carried on to an Andover of the Queen's Flight as Queen Elizabeth II arrives at London's Heathrow Airport to board the plane for her flight to Aberdeen and the start of her annual holiday at Balmoral. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II with a corgi in the grounds of Sandringham House, Norfolk, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II with a corgi in the grounds of Sandringham House, Norfolk, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Charles and Princess Anne on a garden bench with the Queen's corgi, Sue, in Balmoral, Scotland. (PA)
Queen Elizabeth II with Prince Charles and Princess Anne on a garden bench with the Queen's corgi, Sue, in Balmoral, Scotland. (PA)
Prince Edward and a pet Corgi attracting the attention of Queen Elizabeth II as the Royal Family were posing in the gardens at Frogmore, Windsor. (PA)
Prince Edward and a pet Corgi attracting the attention of Queen Elizabeth II as the Royal Family were posing in the gardens at Frogmore, Windsor. (PA)

Closures

Cinemas

Many of the UK’s cinemas will close on the day of the Queen’s state funeral – while others will remain open to screen the event for free, they have said.

Major chains including Cineworld, Odeon and Showcase will shut their sites on September 19 in a mark of respect.

Smaller operators including The Light – which has movie theatres in locations such as Cambridge, Sheffield and Stockport – will also close their doors for the day.

More information on cinema closures can be found here.

Museums/Theatres

The Natural History Museum, Science Museum and National Gallery are closed all day on Monday.

The Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre has said that theatres are expected to remain open during the national mourning period.

The National Theatre has confirmed that no performances will be held on September 19, and has said it will email all ticket-holders affected about their bookings.

HM Queen Elizabeth II: The Early Years of Princess Elizabeth

Princess Elizabeth waving from the carriage as she drives in London in May 1928 (PA)
Princess Elizabeth waving from the carriage as she drives in London in May 1928 (PA)
Princess Elizabeth arriving at the 16th century church at Balcombe, Sussex, for the wedding of Lady May Cambridge and Captain Henry Abel Smith in 1931 (PA )
Princess Elizabeth arriving at the 16th century church at Balcombe, Sussex, for the wedding of Lady May Cambridge and Captain Henry Abel Smith in 1931 (PA )
The then Duke and Duchess of York with their daughter Princess Elizabeth at her christening on May 1, 1926. It was not expected that Elizabeth would become Queen (PA)
The then Duke and Duchess of York with their daughter Princess Elizabeth at her christening on May 1, 1926. It was not expected that Elizabeth would become Queen (PA)
Princess Elizabeth in the park in 1929 (PA )
Princess Elizabeth in the park in 1929 (PA )
Princess Elizabeth arriving at Olympia for the Royal Tournament in 1930 (PA)
Princess Elizabeth arriving at Olympia for the Royal Tournament in 1930 (PA)
Princess Elizabeth, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York in 1930 (PA)
Princess Elizabeth, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York in 1930 (PA)
Princess Elizabeth and a Highland Regiment drummer, during a visit to Scotland in 1930 (PA )
Princess Elizabeth and a Highland Regiment drummer, during a visit to Scotland in 1930 (PA )
Princess Elizabeth walking bareheaded through the rain to visit the Royal Tournament at Olympia, London in 1932 (PA)
Princess Elizabeth walking bareheaded through the rain to visit the Royal Tournament at Olympia, London in 1932 (PA)
Two-year-old Princess Margaret with her sister Princess Elizabeth in 1933 (PA)
Two-year-old Princess Margaret with her sister Princess Elizabeth in 1933 (PA)
Princess Elizabeth attends the Exhibition of Disabled Men's Work in 1933 (PA)
Princess Elizabeth attends the Exhibition of Disabled Men's Work in 1933 (PA)
Princess Elizabeth (left, later Queen Elizabeth II) and her sister Princess Margaret Rose out for a ride with their nanny in their horse-drawn carriage, in 1933. (PA )
Princess Elizabeth (left, later Queen Elizabeth II) and her sister Princess Margaret Rose out for a ride with their nanny in their horse-drawn carriage, in 1933. (PA )

Royal institutions

All the royal properties including London Zoo are closed until further notice. The Royal Historic Palaces will be closing all six of its sites, including the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace. The Royal Opera House and the Royal Geographical Society are also closed.

Retailers and supermarkets

Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Aldi, Lidl, Primark, Ikea and John Lewis are among the latest retailers to tell shoppers they will keep stores shut on September 19.

Sainsbury’s said it will shut its main supermarkets and Argos shops on the day of the funeral, but said will keep convenience shops and petrol filling stations open during the evening.

Larger Tesco shops will close but smaller Express shops will open at 5pm. Most Waitrose and WH Smith stores will also close.

Retailers are not required to shut their doors on the day of the funeral, and others may choose to open for reduced hours, as many regularly do on other bank holidays.

The Government guidance is: “Some businesses may wish to consider closing or postponing events, especially on the day of the state funeral, however, this is at the discretion of individual businesses.”

Cafes/pubs

All Costa Coffee stores will close on Monday. Some stores, operated by our partners, may remain open. All Costa Express machines will be switched on in those retailers that remain open.

All 400 Fullers pubs are expected to be open on the day of the funeral.

HM Queen Elizabeth II and her family - In pictures

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George, Prince William, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Kate Duchess of Cambridge appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant outside Buckingham Palace in London, Sunday June 5, 2022 (AP)
Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George, Prince William, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Kate Duchess of Cambridge appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant outside Buckingham Palace in London, Sunday June 5, 2022 (AP)
(Left to right) The Duke of Gloucester, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, Duke of Kent, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence , the Princess Royal, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales , Queen Elizabeth II , Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor, and the Earl of Wessex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, to view the Platinum Jubilee flypast, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  Picture date: Thursday June 2, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire (PA)
(Left to right) The Duke of Gloucester, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra, Duke of Kent, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence , the Princess Royal, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales , Queen Elizabeth II , Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex, James Viscount Severn, Lady Louise Windsor, and the Earl of Wessex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, to view the Platinum Jubilee flypast, on day one of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Picture date: Thursday June 2, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story ROYAL Jubilee. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire (PA)
In this photo released by Kensington Palace on Monday May 21, 2018, shows an official wedding photo of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, center, in Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Saturday May 19, 2018. Others in photo from left, back row, Jasper Dyer, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Doria Ragland, Prince William; center row, Brian Mulroney, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Rylan Litt, John Mulroney; front row, Ivy Mulroney, Florence van Cutsem, Zalie Warren, Remi Litt. (Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace via AP) (AP)
In this photo released by Kensington Palace on Monday May 21, 2018, shows an official wedding photo of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, center, in Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, Saturday May 19, 2018. Others in photo from left, back row, Jasper Dyer, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Doria Ragland, Prince William; center row, Brian Mulroney, Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Rylan Litt, John Mulroney; front row, Ivy Mulroney, Florence van Cutsem, Zalie Warren, Remi Litt. (Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace via AP) (AP)
Royal move to Windsor: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, and the Duke of Cambridge, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, to view the Platinum Jubilee flypast. (PA)
Royal move to Windsor: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Louis, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, and the Duke of Cambridge, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, to view the Platinum Jubilee flypast. (PA)
The new generation: Prince William holds George as The Queen waves during the Trooping of the Colour this year, flanked by the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The new generation: Prince William holds George as The Queen waves during the Trooping of the Colour this year, flanked by the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Looking upwards: Lord Elphinstone (left) speaks to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, along with Princess Margaret, Princess Elizabeth and King George VI (far right), at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh in July 1937 (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Looking upwards: Lord Elphinstone (left) speaks to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, along with Princess Margaret, Princess Elizabeth and King George VI (far right), at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh in July 1937 (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Daddy's girl: Princess Anne reaches up to her father as he holds Prince Charles (OFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Daddy's girl: Princess Anne reaches up to her father as he holds Prince Charles (OFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Fledgling family: The Queen and Prince Philip with a young Charles and Anne at Balmoral (AFP/Getty Images)
Fledgling family: The Queen and Prince Philip with a young Charles and Anne at Balmoral (AFP/Getty Images)
Changing times: And with later generations at Balmoral with Sarah, the Duchess of York holding Princess Beatrice, Princess Diana, Pince Philip, Peter Phillips and Prince Charles. Seated are Prince Harry, Zara Phillips and Prince William (Rex Features)
Changing times: And with later generations at Balmoral with Sarah, the Duchess of York holding Princess Beatrice, Princess Diana, Pince Philip, Peter Phillips and Prince Charles. Seated are Prince Harry, Zara Phillips and Prince William (Rex Features)
Trooping of the Colour: The Queen holds Prince Andrew in 1961 at Buckingham Palace (AFP/Getty Images)
Trooping of the Colour: The Queen holds Prince Andrew in 1961 at Buckingham Palace (AFP/Getty Images)
In training: Queen Elizabeth with Princess Margaret, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew in the royal train en route for Christmas at Sandringham (Reginald Davis/REX)
In training: Queen Elizabeth with Princess Margaret, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew in the royal train en route for Christmas at Sandringham (Reginald Davis/REX)

Post

Royal Mail postal services will be suspended on Monday.

Foodbanks

All Foodbank hubs were initially set to close on Monday September 19 and re-open on Tuesday before “overwhelming support” was received and enough volunteers were available to run the Monday session as usual.