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14th Sep 2022

McDonald’s closing every restaurant in UK for Queen’s funeral

Steve Hopkins

McDonald’s said some restaurants would open later in the evening

Every McDonald’s across the UK will be closed for the Queen’s funeral on Monday, but suggested some restaurants may open later in the evening.

The fast food giant announced the decision on Twitter shortly after midday on Wednesday, explaining that it was to “allow everyone at McDonald’s to pay their respects” to the Queen.

The Queen passed away on September 8 at Balmoral. She was 96.

The news come after Heathrow Airport on Wednesday announced that flights had been cancelled so they don’t disturb the Queen’s coffin procession on Tuesday and further changes are expected on the day of her funeral.

“Appropriate alterations” will be made over the coming days “out of respect” for the mourning period, a spokesperson from the west London airport said.

This includes flights being disrupted between 1.50pm and 3.40pm on Wednesday to “ensure silence over central London” as the ceremonial procession moves from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall ahead of her Majesty’s funeral on Monday.

British Airways has cancelled 16 short-haul flights due to the airspace restriction.

Further flights are expected to be cancelled on Monday.

Heathrow airport said in a statement: “Passengers will be notified by their airlines directly of any changes to flights.

“We anticipate further changes to the Heathrow operation on Monday September 19, when Her Majesty’s funeral is due to take place, and will communicate those in more detail over coming days.”

The statement went on to “apologise for the disruption these changes cause, as we work to limit the impact on the upcoming events.”

The Civil Aviation Authority has also imposed a restriction on airspace over central London which bans aircraft – including drones – flying below 2,500ft between September 9-19.

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