The sport will hold a day of mourning for the Queen on Friday, with the third Test between England and South Africa and the PGA Championship at Wentworth among the events pausing for at least one day as a sign of respect.
All Football League matches on Friday and the third day of the St Leger Racing Festival in Doncaster have also been cancelled, while the Football Association will announce in the morning whether Bristol-Bath and Sale-Northampton matches go ahead. However, the Premier League rugby league elimination match between Catalonia and Leeds will proceed as in Perpignan.
Many sports will also be holding urgent talks in the morning to decide whether to resume play at the weekend, and most hope to do so depending on the general mood over the next 24 hours. Many government indications encourage that the palace is not keen on prolonging the period without installations or events.
Football may be an exception, however, as the Premier League and Football League are scheduled to meet at 9am to agree on the final place. Some in the game realize not to use police resources or barriers, while others believe that a longer period of mourning would be more appropriate. This may put off the entire weekend.
The sport received official directives from the digital, cultural, media and sports department just hours after the Queen died due to fear of leaks, leaving her with little time to plan the weekend.
This frustrated some when they rushed to decide what to do next. An observer at both meetings told the Guardian that a key discussion among all sports centered on whether a one-day or longer suspension to celebrate the Queen’s death was more appropriate.
Another said he believed the majority of sports wanted to resume on Saturday, although they indicated that everyone would pay attention to the general mood for the next 24 hours.
It is understood that the ECB is looking at a variety of options for the third Test between England and South Africa, ranging from advancing to the ICC to extend the match for an additional day to canceling it altogether. However, it is believed that testing will likely continue sometime this weekend, with an appropriate sign of respect for the Queen.
A similar situation exists among the European Tour after the PGA Championship was immediately suspended for the day following the news of her death. In a statement, the DP Tour also said play will be suspended on Friday, with the golf course and training facilities also closed.
The Football League, which confirmed the postponement of matches with Burnley against Norwich City and Tranmere Rovers against Stockport County on Friday, said it had not yet decided on the rest of the weekend’s programme.
“A decision on the remaining matches scheduled this weekend will be made after reviewing the official mourning guidelines, as well as further consultations with DCMS and other sports on Friday morning,” he said.
Some measures continued after the Queen’s death on Thursday, including Manchester United’s Europa League match with Real Sociedad. However, a minute was silenced before kick-off, while the players wore black armbands.
Meanwhile, British Racing paid tribute to the Queen, calling her “one of the greatest and most influential supporters in the history of horse racing”.
From her first-ever winner Monaveen, through stars such as Carrozza and Highclere, to the unforgettable recognition, Her Majesty the Queen She helped shape the dynasty and contributed moments on the track that would go down in sporting folklore.” “It is true, then, that all races are suspended for today and tomorrow as we begin to mourn the passing of Her Majesty and remember her extraordinary life and contribution to our sport and our nation.”
The President of the British Olympic Association, Hugh Robertson, also expressed his respect, adding: “As a patron of the British Olympic Association, her support for the Olympic movement in this country, and in particular, the London 2012 Olympic Games cannot be underestimated and should never be forgotten.”
Meanwhile, Leah Williamson, captain of England’s women’s soccer team, has highlighted the Queen’s influence on national life for decades. “An enduring presence of grace and decency in a world that continues to change around her,” she wrote. “Understanding the loss of our queen is almost impossible, because it seemed, and we hoped, that she could rule forever. A wonderful king but an exceptional person.”