Some sporting events have been canceled after the Queen’s death, but others continue.
The football associations of England, Wales and Scotland have postponed all matches to next week, from the Premier League to the basics.
The FA’s decision, announced after Premier League and English Football League games were suspended, delays the start of the Women’s Super League season and comes despite government guidelines stating there was no official requirement to hold events to cancel.
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It is understood that the cessation of the matches was agreed purely as a sign of respect for Britain’s longest reigning monarchthough some fans and public figures have criticized social media, suggesting that sports may have brought people together.
Many said the postponement would also add to the congestion of this fall’s World Cup matches in Qatar.
By contrast, rugby league and rugby union matches will continue as scheduled, the RFL and RFU confirmed.
The RFL said its decision to continue playing across the sport reflected a “desire to come together” between teams and within communities, with black armbands and periods of silence to observe.
This move allows the Betfred Super League Elimination Play-Off to take place on Saturday.
England’s RFU said all rugby matches would be played as scheduled to “help us all unite at this time of national mourning”.
The Scottish Rugby Union has postponed all domestic competitive matches this weekend as a show of respect, while the women’s summer test international between Scotland and Spain is also canceled on Sunday.
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The British Horseracing Authority also confirmed that racing would not take place on Saturday, but would return to normal the following day with a comprehensive card featuring nine races scheduled for Doncaster.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said cricket would resume on Saturday, with the start of the third Test against South Africa in the fixtures. It cited government guidelines for sports for its decision.
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The BBC Proms concert for Friday was cancelled, as well as the famous Last Night of the Proms, which was supposed to take place on Saturday.
The Mercury Prize was one of the most notable events postponed Thursday night.
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The Sandringham Game and Country Fair, due to be held at the Sandringham estate this weekend, was canceled as a mark of respect shortly after the Queen’s death was announced.
The fight for the world middleweight title between Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields, which is scheduled for Saturday at the O2 Arena in London, has been canceled.
The Italian Grand Prix will continue as scheduled on Sunday, with a minute of silence before practice on Friday and another minute before the race.
PGA Championship golf at Wentworth resumes Saturday as a 54-hole event.
The Lawn Tennis Association has also announced that the group stage of the Davis Cup Finals with Great Britain, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands and the US, scheduled to take place in Glasgow between September 13 and 18, will go ahead as planned.
If the state funeral takes place on any of those dates, there will be no play on that day and the relevant tie will be rescheduled.
The trade union organization TUC said its annual convention, which was due to start on Sunday, would be moved to a later date.
It is early in the period of national mourning and decisions about events scheduled for next week are likely to be made over the weekend.
A welcome piece of news for commuters was that the strikes on the rail network, planned for Thursday and Saturday, have been canceled by the three unions involved as a show of respect.
Criminal lawyers’ strike actions continue, although protests outside courts and parliament have been canceled.
And the Bank of England’s next interest rate decision, due on Thursday, has been postponed by a week to Thursday, September 22.
In the lead up to London Fashion Week, which kicks off on September 16, it’s clear the organizers have allowed shows that don’t conflict with the funeral, but parties have been cancelled.
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So why are some things canceled and others not?
The government guidelines state: “There is no obligation to cancel or postpone events and sports competitions, or close entertainment venues during the period of National Mourning.
“This is at the discretion of individual organizations.
“As a show of respect, organizations may consider canceling or postponing events or site closures on the day of the state funeral.
“They are not obliged to do so and this is entirely at the discretion of individual organisations.
“If sports competitions or events are scheduled for the day of the state funeral, organizations may wish to adjust the timings of the event so as not to clash with the timings of the funeral service and associated processions.
“As a show of respect, and in keeping with the tone of national mourning, organizers may wish to observe a period of silence and/or play the national anthem at the start of events or sports matches, and players may wish to wear black armbands.”