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Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history, died at Balmoral on Thursday at the age of 96.

Buckingham Palace announced her death in a brief statement, triggering 10 days of national mourning and a series of tributes to his long life and record reign.

Queen Elizabeth II had attended in several major global sporting events during her 50 plus years as Queen.

How did Sports react to the Queen's death?

It was widely believed that the government would take a prescriptive approach, telling various tournaments what to do after her death. Instead, however, sports have so far taken it upon themselves to cancel events. During an emergency meeting on Thursday, a consensus quickly emerged between the various competitions for all events scheduled for Friday to be cancelled.

The picture was a little clearer on Friday morning when the sport was told there was no obligation to cancel events this weekend, but with advice against putting on anything that might conflict with the funeral. In the end, it was still left to the decision makers of each sport to make a verdict.

In the competitions that will take place in the intermediate period, the athletes will wear black armbands, with the venues observing the pre-fixtures silences and waving flags at half mast.

American Football

The clubs played UEFA-led Europa League matches on Thursday night, but on Friday morning the Football Association announced that all English matches this weekend, including Monday's between Leeds and Nottingham Forest, would be postponed.

The decision includes women's matches, with the opening weekend of the women's Super League being postponed, as well as the national league and grassroots football.

The Irish and Scottish football associations also announced that all football scheduled for this weekend would not take place.

Rugby union

Premiership Rugby has confirmed that Friday night's two games, which were due to open the league season, have been postponed as a mark of respect for Queen Elizabeth II.

All other matches on Saturday and Sunday will go ahead as scheduled, with those present observing a minute's silence and being asked to wear black armbands.


The Duchy of Cornwall is the owner of the Kia Oval, which hosts the third test between England and South Africa. The England and Wales Cricket Board immediately called a board meeting on Thursday afternoon to call off Friday's game, with the entire opening day on Thursday also lost in the rain.

It was then decided on Friday afternoon that the test would continue on Saturday, like all international, national and recreational matches. The test match ends as scheduled on Monday.

A minute's silence is observed before each game, followed by the national anthem, with all players and coaches wearing black armbands.


Players began the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Thursday, but play was halted once the Queen's death was announced. There will be no match on Friday, the organizers have not yet decided whether the tournament will continue on Saturday.


There are no races on Saturday, but the last Classic of the season, the Cazoo St Leger, which was due to take place in Doncaster, will be the centerpiece of a nine-race card on Sunday at the Yorkshire circuit, which the British races continues pay tribute to the Queen.


Sport abroad will certainly go as planned, including the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. Sport includes a minute of silence with all the teams on Friday and a minute of silence on the grid also on Sunday.


All fights on Friday have been canceled and Saturday's fight for the middleweight world title between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall has also been postponed.

Rugby league

The RFL has postponed Friday's Betfred Championship game between the Sheffield Eagles and Dewsbury Rams, but the first Super League elimination play-off between Catalans Dragons and Leeds will continues as it takes place in Perpignan, France. Saturday's playoffs between Huddersfield Giants and Salford Red Devils will also continue, as will all other weekend games.


The Great North Run, the largest half marathon in the world, is scheduled for Sunday. The organizers canceled the sister event 5k on Friday, with a decision on the main race on Friday.


The remaining three stages of the Tour of Britain were completely canceled, with Gonzalo Serrano proclaiming the winner based on his position in the overall standings after Thursday's stage.


The Davis Cup Finals in Glasgow starting on 13 September will continue as scheduled.

The LTA said in a statement: “Everyone at LTA shares the feelings of the nation as they express deep sadness at the death of Queen Elizabeth II and gratitude for her extraordinary contribution to British life.

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