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Event industry assesses impact of death of Queen Elizabeth II

by Emily Wallin

HM Queen Elizabeth II has died today, aged 96, at her Scottish home Balmoral Castle.

The passing of the world’s second longest standing monarch has triggered an official process known as Project London Bridge; a framework that outlines how the UK will mark the occasion.

The country immediately enters a 10-day period of national mourning.

There has been no mandate for events to be cancelled during the period of mourning, and the decision to proceed will be down to the organiser.

Government buildings, including government-owned venues, have been closed.

Questions remain over the implications for events over the coming weeks.

Only military events and royal venues will be ordered to close, but there will remain concerns over public sentiment in going ahead.

The Association of Event Organisers said in a statement: “The AEO is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Royal Highness The Queen Of England.

“We extend our sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this time of mourning and remembrance.”

What happens to events now?

Organisers will need to consider:

-whether their events can run?

-whether they will need to cancel or rearrange.

-whether they are insured?

-key dates such as the date of the state funeral and coronation

Events will be expected to consider public sentiment in deciding whether to go ahead.

Day of mourning 

The state funeral is expected to be held at Westminster Abbey on 19 September, with a two-minute silence at noon. It will be a Day of National Mourning, with all businesses including the London Stock Exchange expected to close. The subsequent coronation of Prince Charles will be a UK bank holiday.

It is understood that military events will be banned on both days but all other shows and events will be able to continue as planned, at organisers’ discretion. According to the Association of Event Organisers (AEO), it is recommended that all events honour the national one minutes silence on the day of death, and the national 2 minute silence on the day of the funeral. Employers will not be ordered to give staff a day off.

The AEO advised that there could be an increased security risk (terror threat) to all events during this period, and in particular the funeral and coronation dates. Key locations, especially central London could also be busy with members of the public paying their respects and visiting dignitaries.

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