All the closures and major cancellations across UK as Queen dies – from shops to TV shows

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The Queen died today at what is believed to be her favourite residence, the Balmoral Estate in Scotland. Buckingham Palace announced: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Plans had been laid out ahead of Her Majesty’s death for how various events would be conducted come the announcement, in a project that was codenamed Operation London Bridge.

On the day of the Queen’s funeral, there will be a bank holiday and many businesses are expected to shut or change their operating hours.

“Kew Gardens and Wakehurst will also be closed on the day of the state funeral.

“Our thoughts and best wishes are with you all at this difficult time and we look forward to welcoming you back to our Gardens soon.”

Rail and postal worker strikes that were due to take place next week have also been suspended as a mark of respect, according to reports.

The BBC Proms and Mercury Awards have also been cancelled.

At theatres, too, lights will be dimmed and audiences will be observing a minute’s silence as well as playing the national anthem.

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