For most of the British public, Queen Elizabeth is the only monarch they have ever known, and her impact on British society was so profound that many businesses are changing their operations over the weekend as a show of respect.
Here are some of the ways Britain is reacting to the Monarch’s passing.
Tourist attractions closed their doors
Legoland, the family-friendly theme park located in Windsor, where the royal residence of Windsor Castle is located, closed its resort on Friday out of respect, said.
The Tower of London, founded by William the Conqueror and inhabited by generations of British rulers, closed to visitors on Friday and the historic castle flies its flag at half-staff to mark the Queen’s passing. Announced On twitter.
London Zoo did not open on Friday and will be closed on the day of the Queen’s funeral, the zoo said in an email sent to customers on Thursday. Its car park is closed to the public because it is being used by the Metropolitan Police, London’s police force, as part of funeral arrangements, the zoo said.
“The Queen has been a patron of ZSL since her coronation in 1953 and her support of our work and passion for animals has helped us inspire millions to protect wildlife around the world,” the zoo said in a statement.
The Shrek’s Adventure London interactive tour experience, based on the DreamWorks film franchise, will remain open Friday and will make some changes to show “respect and sensitivity,” according to its website. The fairy tale film series features several real characters.
The UK’s national broadcaster, the BBC, has also changed its television schedules following the monarch’s death, its website said.
The usual schedule of daytime property and holiday programs shown on its BBC One channel has been canceled and replaced with continuous news coverage of events as they unfold between 6:00am and 6:30pm. they added additional programs to their BBC Two channel.
Iconic department stores closed their doors and sporting events were postponed
The iconic Selfridges & Co department store closed its doors early on Thursday following the announcement of the Queen’s death, according to The Independent. It will be closed this weekend, its website says, along with a black-and-white portrait of the Queen.
“As a mark of respect, our London, Manchester and Birmingham stores are now closed and will reopen on Saturday 10th September,” the statement on the store’s website read.
Liberty of London will remain closed until 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, the designer department store said on its website.
In the sports field, the English Premier League announced this Friday that the elite soccer league matchday scheduled for this weekend would be postponed. Golf and horse racing events were among the many other events canceled over the weekend, Sky Sports reported.