London arts venues closed as a result of Queen’s demise

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he UK was plunged into a state of national mourning following the Queen’s passing on Thursday, September 8, joining people across the globe who are remembering Her Majesty.

A bereavement time for Britons, lasting 10 days, will include official events, like the late monarch’s funeral and King Charles’s coronation, with both labelled national holidays.

Out of respect for this sombre period, and specifically on those momentous occasions, businesses around the UK may choose to stop business for the day – or longer.

And London’s art world is no exception, with many venues paying tribute to the Queen.

Which London theatres will be closed for the Queen’s death?

Theatres, museums, and galleries are under no obligation to close over the next 10 days.

According to guidance from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), theatre performances can continue on the night of the Queen’s death and during the 10-day mourning period.

Arts venues across London and the UK may observe a remembrance day when the date of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral is announced– although individual establishments will differ in their policies.


HM Queen Elizabeth II – In pictures

Princess Elizabeth waving from the carriage as she drives in London in May 1928

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The Queen wearing the Imperial State Crown and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh in uniform of Admiral of the Fleet wave from the balcony to the onlooking crowds around the gates of Buckingham Palace after the Coronation in 1953

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England captain Bobby Moore receives the Jules Rimet Trophy from The Queen after England defeated West Germany in 1966

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Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear having cream tea at Buckingham Palace

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The Queen sitting with her corgis at Virginia Water to watch competitors, including Prince Philip in the Marathon of the European Driving Championship, part of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in 1973

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The then the Duke and Duchess of York with their daughter Princess Elizabeth at her christening on May 1, 1926. It was not expected that Elizabeth would become Queen

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Princess Elizabeth arriving at Olympia for the Royal Tournament in 1930

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Two-year-old Princess Margaret with her sister Princess Elizabeth in 1933

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Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) with her eldest daughter on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, after the coronation of King George VI in May, 1937

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Princess Elizabeth after she broadcast on Children’s Hour from Buckingham Palace in October 1940

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Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) and King George VI with Elizabeth in April 1944, shortly before her 18th birthday

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Elizabeth at the wheel of an Army vehicle when she served during the Second World War in the Auxiliary Territorial Service in January 1945

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Elizabeth holding her son Prince Charles after his christening ceremony in Buckingham Palace in December 1948

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Princess Elizabeth and Lt Philip Mountbatten at Buckingham Palace after their wedding ceremony, November 20, 1947

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And with her baby daughter, Princess Anne, after her christening at Buckingham Palace in October 1950

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Queen Elizabeth II, in a black mourning outfit, waving as she returns to Clarence House in London the day after she became Queen in February 1952

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Queen Elizabeth wearing the St Edward Crown and carrying the Sceptre and the Rod after her coronation at Westminster Abbey, June 2 1953

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Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill bowing to Queen Elizabeth as he welcomes her and the Duke of Edinburgh to 10 Downing Street for dinner in April 1955

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Her Majesty holds Prince Andrew during an outing in the grounds at Balmoral, Scotland. He was the first child to be born to a reigning monarch for 103 years

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The Queen wearing a leopard-skin coat at a Sandown Park race meeting in March 1962

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The Royal Family in the grounds of Frogmore House, Windsor, Berkshire. Left to right: Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew in 1968

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The Queen on a walk-about in Portsmouth during her Silver Jubilee tour of Great Britain in June 1977

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Her Majesty on a walkabout during a visit to Liberia, Antigua, during her Silver Jubilee tour of the Caribbean in October 1977. The Queen has travelled around the world 42 times, visiting 117 countries according to the official count during her 90 years – and all without a passport

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Queen Elizabeth II with some of her corgis walking the Cross Country course during the second day of the Windsor Horse Trials in 1980

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Mother Teresa with the Queen in New Delhi, India in 1983

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The Queen Mother, The Queen, Prince William, Prince Harry and the Prince and Princess of Wales after the christening ceremony of Harry in December 1984

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Her Majesty takes the salute of the Household Guards regiments during the Trooping of the Colour ceremony in London in June 1985

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The Queen surveys the scene at following the fire at Windsor Castle in November 1992

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The Queen surveys the damage caused by the fire inside Windsor Castle in 1992

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South Africa’s President Nelson Mandela greets The Queen as she steps from the royal yacht Britannia in Cape Town at the official start of the her first visit to the country since 1947

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Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa, and The Queen ride in a carriage along the Mall in 1996

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh viewing the floral tributes to Diana, Princess of Wales, at Buckingham Palace following her death in 1997

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Members of the Royal Family appear with The Queen Mother during celebrations to mark her 101st birthday in 2001

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The Queen and Prince Philip ride in the Golden State Carriage at the head of a parade from Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s Cathedral celebrating the Queen’s Golden Jubilee along The Mall in 2002

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The Queen waves to the crowd as she rides in the Gold State coach from Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s Cathedral for a service of Thanksgiving to celebrate to her Golden Jubilee

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Her Majesty – and Berry the corgi – with the England rugby squad after the 2003 Rugby World Cup win

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The Queen smiles in 2004 during her visit of the Light Cavalry of the Honourable Artillery Company to present a Royal Warrant in Windsor

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Prince of Wales and his new bride Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with their families (L-R back row) Prince Harry, Prince William, Tom and Laura Parker Bowles (L-R front row) Duke of Edinburgh,The Queen and Camilla’s father Major Bruce Shand in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony in 2005

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The Queen in the Regency Room at Buckingham Palace in London looking at some of the cards which have been sent to her for her 80th birthday in April 2006

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The Queen attends the Royal Windsor Horseshow in 2007

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The Queen is handed a puck by President of Slovakia Ivan Gasparovic before throwing in the puck to start an ice hockey match between Aqua City Poprad and Guildford Flames in 2008

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The Queen meets singer Lady Gaga following the Royal Variety Performance in 2009

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The Queen watches the International Driving Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show held in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire in 2009

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The Queen studies and re-launches the new layout of the Monarchy Website in 2010

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The Queen inspects the Grenadier Guards in 2010 before presenting their new colours in the garden of Buckingham Palace

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The Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wear 3 D glasses to watch a display and pilot a JCB digger, during a visit to the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research centre in 2010

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The Queen places a wreathe at Ground Zero in 2010 in New York to honor the victims of September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center

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The Duke of Edinburgh looks on as aThe Queen talks with Pope Benedict XVI exchange gifts during an audience in the Morning Drawing Room at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh in 2010

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U.S. President Barack Obama, The Queen and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at Winfield House, the residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America, in Regent’s Park in 2011

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The Queen is escorted by her grandson Prince William during a visit to RAF Valley in 2011

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Queen Elizabeth II drives her Range Rover as she attends Windsor Horse Show in 2011

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On stage outside Buckingham Palace in London with Charles, Camilla and a host of pop stars at the Diamond Jubilee concert during celebrations to mark her 60 years as sovereign in 2012

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Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Queen, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge onboard the Spirit of Chartwell during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in 2012

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The Queen appears in cameo role for the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games

The Queen speaks during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games

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The Queen attends an audience with Pope Francis, during their one-day visit to Rome in 2013

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The Queen and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales watch the action during the Braemar Highland Games in 2014

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Queen posts first tweet signed ‘Elizabeth R’ in 2014

The Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red evolving art installation at the Tower of London in 2014

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The Queen sitting next to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh looks up during the Queen’s Speech in House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in 2015

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Her Majesty attends the formal unveiling of the new logo for Crossrail, which is being named the Elizabeth line, at the construction site of the Bond Street station in central London, February 23, 2016

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The Queen sits at a desk in the Regency Room after recording her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace in 2016

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Charles, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, The Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh watch a fly past during the Trooping the Colour in 2017

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The Queen arriving at the National Service of Thanksgiving to mark her 90th birthday at St. Paul’s Cathedral

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The Queen hands out Maundy money during the Royal Maundy service at Leicester Cathedral in 2017

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The Queen and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (C-R) attend the Royal Maundy Service in Leicester Cathedral in 2017

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The Queen smiles as she departs after officially re-opening the The National Army Museum in 2017

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The Queen arrives at Hull Railway Station, during a visit to the city to mark its year as the UK City of Culture

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Service: The Duke of Edinburgh, The Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall observe from a balcony during the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph in 2017

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Queen Elizabeth II sits and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in 2018

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The Queen joins Anna Wintour on the front row at London Fashion Week AW18

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The Queen posts her first ever Instagram message in 2019

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The Queen smiling during a visit to the headquarters of British Airways at Heathrow Airport, London, to mark their centenary year

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US President Donald Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, Melania Trump, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, during a group photo ahead of the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London

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The Queen with keeper Maia Gordon as Olive the duck walks alongside them during a visit to Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh.

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The Queen talks to guests following the State Opening of Parliament at the Houses of Parliament

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in 2003 (Countess of Wessex/PA)

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The Queen sat alone at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

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The Queen sat alone at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, looking at their homemade wedding anniversary card, given to them by their great grandchildren Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, ahead of their 73rd wedding anniversary

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Queen Elizabeth II waits in the Drawing Room before receiving Liz Truss for an audience at Balmoral, Scotland

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A statement from the Cabinet Office said: “Public museums, galleries, or similar venues are not obliged to close during the national mourning period.

“Organisations may choose to close on the day of the state funeral, however, there is no obligation to do so, and this is at the discretion of individual organisations.

Dimmed lights and a minute-long silence will be accompanied by the national anthem at many venues, as tributes to the royal legacy pour in.

On Thursday, September 8, the Royal Opera House closed its doors and cancelled the opening night of Don Giovanni, and the Insights: Aida night.

Alex Beard, CEO of the Royal Opera House, said, “We are enormously saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“Her patronage of the Royal Opera House was a source of great pride to all our artists and staff, and her longstanding support for the arts was deeply appreciated.

“We send our sincerest condolences to all other members of the Royal Family at this very sad time for the whole country.”

The Opera House will also be shut on the day of the state funeral, the date of which has yet to be announced.

The BBC’s Last Night of the Proms and the Mercury Awards ceremony have also been cancelled.

Productions such as Hamilton, Mary Poppins, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and Les Miserables have also come forward with messages of condolence and respect for the royals.

Outside London, the Royal Shakespeare Company has announced a public screening of the state funeral in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, in Stratford-upon-Avon, with the date to follow. All ages are welcome to the ticketed event.

Which London museums and galleries will be closed?

The Royal Collection Trust has closed galleries at Buckingham Palace and other estates. Their online ticket offices and telephone centres have been shut – with tickets to be refunded.

From September 9-16, the Royal Albert Hall – for which Queen Elizabeth II was patron – will shut completely.

The British Museum is planning to shut on the day of the Queen’s funeral, with all events cancelled during the mourning period.


HM Queen Elizabeth II – London comes to a standstill

Members of the public wait on Whitehall road ahead of the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II

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Members of the public wait near to Buckingham Palace ahead of the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall

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Members of the public join the queue on the South Bank, as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral on Monday.

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Crowds gather along The Mall ahead of the ceremonial procession of the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall

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Members of the public join the queue on the South Bank, as they wait to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral on Monday

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Royal guardsmen and horses pass by on the day the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is transported from Buckingham Palace to The Palace Of Westminster

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People wait for their wristbands to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state ahead of her funeral in London, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022.

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People queue opposite the Palace of Westminster to be first in line bidding farewell to Queen Elizabeth II in London

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The Tate Modern and all Tate galleries will join others in their closure on the national holiday.

On September 9 and 16, the V&A will close early, at 5.45pm, as a mark of respect.

The team said: “The trustees and staff of the Victoria and Albert Museum are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle.

“As the world mourns the loss of our much-respected and dearly beloved monarch, the V&A extends its heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family, including our royal patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.”