Premier League matchday eight under threat as bank holiday approved for day of Queen’s state funeral

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Premier League fixtures could be hit again next week after a bank holiday across the UK was approved by King Charles III for the day of the funeral of his mother Queen Elizabeth II.

The King confirmed the order at a ceremony in London proclaiming him as monarch on Saturday. The state funeral of the Queen is expected to take place in less than two weeks at Westminster Abbey.

No official date has yet to be confirmed, although Monday, 19 September is widely expected to get the nod. Schools and shops are expected to close as the Queen’s coffin is likely to process on a gun carriage to the abbey in the capital.

A period of national mourning will last until the day of the state funeral, the government announced.

The military will be expected to line the streets. And also join the procession on the day of the state funeral. While there are also likely to be policing issues with London requiring a high-level of officers on the streets.

It’s that issue that could well see the curtailment of yet another round of Premier League fixtures.

All 10 of this weekend’s fixtures were axed following a statement issued by the Premier League on Friday. And matchday eight could go the same way as matchday seven given its close proximity to the expected funeral.

There are two games scheduled for Friday, three for Saturday, with Brighton vs Palace already postponed and the remaining four games on Sunday, September 18, including Chelsea vs Liverpool.

Biden to attend Queen’s funeral

Large-scale strike actions planned for next week were immediately cancelled. The Trades Union Congress said it was also postponing its annual conference in Brighton this weekend out of respect.

The Queen, Britain’s longest ever reigning monarch, died peacefully on Thursday at Balmoral.

USA President Joe Biden has confirmed that he will be attending the funeral for Queen Elizabeth II after she died, aged 96.

When asked by in Ohio on Friday if he was attending, Biden replied: “Yes. I don’t know what the details are yet but I will be going.”

The new Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be in attendance, as well as the remainder of the extended Royal family.

The UK’s new prime minister Liz Truss is expected to attend, as well as Labour leader Keir Starmer.

While a number of other world leaders and politicians are also expected to attend the funeral.

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