Postal and railway strikes were called off on Thursday as the country entered a period of national mourning over the Queen’s death.
A planned strike by Royal Mail workers on Friday was called off after the Queen died. Members of the Communications Workers Union were due to continue a 48-hour strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.
Rail strikes that were brewing for September have been called off. The train drivers’ union Aslef had set a strike date for Thursday, September 15. The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) had scheduled a walkout for Monday, September 26.
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has postponed its annual conference due to be held in Brighton from Sunday for four days.
Theaters and art galleries
Cultural establishments were also closing, with the National Gallery closing and the Royal Opera House withdrawing its performance of Don Giovanni.
The BBC has canceled the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, where the Queen was a patron, as a mark of respect after her death.
He said in a statement: “Following the very sad news of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, as a mark of respect we will not be going with Prom 71 on Friday 9th September or the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday, September 10.”
Westminster Abbey has announced it will be closed to tourists after the monarch’s death but will be open for prayer, reflection and worship.
Meanwhile, across the country, churches were encouraged to ‘muffle’ their bells, a rite reserved for the death of the monarch, diocesan bishop or titular vicar.
Filming for the sixth season of The Crown, the popular TV series about the Queen’s life, has been halted out of respect for Her Majesty’s passing.
Courts in England and Wales will remain open during the mourning period. They are expected to hear only urgent matters on the day of the funeral.