Many sporting events in Britain have been postponed as a sign of respect after Queen Elizabeth II dies at the age of 96 On Thursday, with a tribute in her honor throughout the sports world.
It was announced on Friday that all football matches, including the Premier League, English Football League and Women’s Premier League, will be postponed for this weekend.
The BMW PGA golf tournament was suspended on Thursday and Friday, while horse racing – a sport with which the Queen has close ties – was suspended until Sunday.
Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a rock of stability through much of a turbulent century, died on Thursday after 70 years on the throne.
The DP World Tour said it hopes to resume play in the BMW PGA Championship this weekend, although no decision has yet been made.
“After last night, a reminder that there will be no play or training at Wentworth today and the media center is closed,” a tour spokesperson told reporters on Friday.
“We still hope to resume the BMW PGA Championship at some point over the weekend, but will make that decision as soon as we have the opportunity to review protocol guidelines from Buckingham Palace as well as align with other major sporting events in the UK.”
England Tommy Fleetwood And the Andy Sullivan for the lead in the BMW PGA Championship, having completed their first round in the eighth under. There were 30 golfers still on the course when play was suspended.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty the Queen today,” Peter Forster, captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, said in a statement. “After her accession in 1952, Her late Majesty graciously accepted sponsorship of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, as had been the custom in the Reign of Kings since His Majesty William IV in 1834.
“Although not a golfer, Her Majesty the late Queen’s sponsorship of the club for 70 years has been a great honor for its members. We keep His Majesty and all members of the Royal Family in mind at this time of mourning.”
The British Boxing Control Council has announced that all fights in the country this weekend have been postponed, including the fight for the undisputed middleweight title on Saturday between Clarissa Shields and Savannah Marshall.
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Manchester United’s Europa League match against Real Sociedad took place hours after the Queen’s death was announced. There was a minute’s silence before kick-off at Old Trafford, with both teams wearing black armbands and flags lowered on the field to half of the staff as a sign of respect. There was no music before and digital billboards were closed all over the square.
There was a minute’s silence in other European matches involving British teams, such as Arsenal, West Ham and Hearts.
“Her actions have touched generations,” Brazilian soccer greats Pele, who met the queen in person when she visited Rio de Janeiro in 1968, wrote on Twitter. “This legacy will last forever.”
Queen Elizabeth II has always had ties to the sports community, awarding dozens of athletes during her reign, including the tennis player. Britain’s Andy Murraycyclist Bradley Wiggins and long-distance runner Mo Farah.
The stadium announcer said: “We would like to pause to remember Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with the people of the United Kingdom today. Remember to be a part of us for a second of silence.”
A moment of silence was also held before Thursday night’s NFL season opener between the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills.
Queen Elizabeth II attended matches at Wimbledon in 1957, 1962, 1977 and 2010. In 1977, the centenary of the tournament, she watched Britain’s Virginia Wade win the women’s singles title.
The All England Club said the Queen had performed her duties “with great wisdom, dignity and charm for 70 years”.
She was also a huge fan of horses, owned dozens of them, and attended races regularly, including the Kentucky Derby in 2007. Horse races in at least five different countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, are named after her.
She first rode a horse at the age of three – and lived with them right away – inheriting the bloodline of her father, King George VI, when she acceded to the throne in 1952.
In a BBC documentary, she said: “My philosophy about racing is simple. I enjoy raising a horse that is faster than the others.
“For me, this is a gamble from a long time back. I enjoy racing but I suppose, basically, I like horses, and the Original is a really good horse for me.”
The Queen approached 2,000 winners as owner of racehorses, and her riders always wore purple, gold, and crimson – the colors of royal racing silks also used by her father and great-grandfather, King Edward VII.
Her first winner was a horse named Monaveen, at Fontwell in 1949, and she went on to win all the so-called “classics” in British horse racing except for The Derby, another event she attended for most of her life.
One of the Queen’s most famous Royal Ascot victories came in 2013 when Estimate became the first horse owned by a Reigning King to win the prestigious Gold Cup. It was her first elite race win since 1989, and she was seen clapping enthusiastically as jockey Ryan Moore rallied strongly to finish first with a neckline in front of 61,000 race-goers.
The British Horseracing Authority has announced that all races on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays will be canceled, with matches scheduled for Sunday returning.
But she said the match in Mosselburg, Scotland, on Sunday would be canceled “as a sign of respect for the fact that the Queen’s body will be lying in Edinburgh”.
The Queen made a personal appearance at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony in London.
Less than two hours after the Queen’s death was announced, members of the British basketball team took to the court in a 90-56 loss to Italy in a EuroBasket match.
Great Britain striker Dan Clark said: “I mean, she’s the only leader we’ve known for our nation. The amount of respect she has and the way she has carried herself as a leader for so many years and in such a long reign, it’s just amazing.”
Coach Nathan Ringing added: “It’s tough. That’s who you play for. You play for the country. She’s been up front for so many years… It was a different and difficult situation.”
The England and Wales Cricket Board said Friday’s play in the second Test between England and South Africa at the Oval will not take place.
Cycling’s Tour of Britain organizers have declared the race over after canceling Friday’s stage as well as two other stages over the weekend. Gonzalo Serrano, who led Thursday’s stage, was named the winner.
In a statement, Formula One said it sent “its deepest condolences to the royal family and the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth” and its drivers and teams observed a minute’s silence before practice for Friday’s Italian Grand Prix.
The Rugby Football Association expressed its respect on social media, saying it was “deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II and to offer our condolences to all members of the Royal Family at this time”.
With the queen’s death, her son Charles automatically becomes king, although the coronation may not take place for several months. Royal officials said the 73-year-old chose to call himself King Charles III.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.