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What happens to this weekend's Premier League fixtures in wake of the Queen's death?
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What happens to this weekend's Premier League fixtures in wake of the Queen's death?

Queen Elizabeth II has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace has announced.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” said Buckingham Palace.

“The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

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The Queen’s family gathered at her Scottish estate after concerns grew about her health earlier on Thursday.

She was the longest-reigning monarch in British history and the world’s oldest head of state.

On her death, the Queen’s eldest son and heir, Charles, the former Prince of Wales, has become King of the United Kingdom and 14 Commonwealth realms.

Are Premier League matches cancelled?

People will be wondering what happens in the event of the Queen’s death, both in general and to sport.

As per football.london, the planning around the Queen’s death is known as Operation London Bridge.

This is a detailed plan that began immediately after her passing.

There are implications for UK sporting events, with confirmed protocols in place around horse racing and cricket.

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With regards to the Premier League, they will be led by the DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) guidance.

The Premier League issued a statement to the Daily Star regarding this.

The League said they would be advised by the DCMS in terms of what the best course of action to take is.

A DCMS spokesman reportedly said no “strict sporting guidance” would be given and the decision would be left down to specific sports, including football.

However, the DCMS did reportedly confirm that if sporting events were scheduled to take place on the day of the Queen’s funeral, they would all be cancelled.

In the interim period leading up to the funeral, it is understood football bosses would have to gauge the ‘mood of a nation’ when it came to deciding whether or not to postpone games as a mark of respect.

Henry Winter, Chief Football Writer of The Times, has speculated that this weekend’s Premier League and EFL games will “surely” be postponed following the death of the Queen.

The Premier League has not yet commented on whether or not fixtures will take place this weekend.

The EFL, meanwhile, has announced that Friday’s fixtures – Burnley v Norwich and Tranmere v Stockport – have been postponed as a mark of respect.

A decision on the weekend’s games will be made on Friday morning, following discussion with the DCMS.

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