Baking cakes, a trip to the beach, or enjoying a pint at the pub (as long as it wasn’t showing the ceremony): How Britons who DIDN’T watch the Queen’s funeral avoided it all and treated it like any other bank holiday
For the few people who decided against watching the Queen’s state funeral, there was very limited options in what to go and entertain yourself.
Retailers, supermarkets, coffee shops, tourist attractions, leisure centres and even holiday parks shut their doors today for Queen Elizabeth II‘s funeral, with many companies doing so to allow their staff to pay their respects to the late monarch.
And with it being televised on almost every television channel throughout the day, there is little chance to avoid seeing the ceremonial processions and historical traditions.
But those not watching the funeral have found other ways to keep occupied during the momentous day in British history – instead treating it like any other bank holiday.
For the few people who decided against watching the Queen’s state funeral, there was very limited options in what to go and entertain yourself (the procession is pictured going down The Mall earlier toda)
Plenty of pubs have remained open or have opened after the funeral ceremony took place earlier today, but many will be televising the remainder of today’s coverage.
JD Wetherspoon’s central London, railway station and airport pubs opened from 8am today while the majority of its pubs across the country only opened at 1pm.
Some live sport has still gone ahead despite Premier League matches being postponed, with the cycling road world championships in Australia being streamed live today, as well as horse races in Fairyhouse, Co. Meath, and Listowel, Co. Kerry, in Ireland.
Some people have gone out of their way to tell others what they have spent their day doing on social media, with one user taking to Twitter to write: ‘Me watching Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach instead of the funeral.’
Another said: ‘Am I the only one not watching funeral??? I gots the food channel on need some recipes.’
One woman went to the seaside and shared a video of her enjoying the scenery with her dog, writing: ‘At the beach avoiding the funeral noise…’
Someone else said: ‘I just want it known that I’m not up watching the Queens funeral I’m at the gym.’
After heading to Southampton’s Lepe Beach this morning, one user was surprised to see they weren’t the only ones not at their TV screens, writing: ‘We weren’t the only ones not watching the funeral – very busy at Lepe earlier,’ along with a picture showing fairly busy car park.
Plenty of pubs have remained open or have opened after the funeral ceremony took place earlier today, but many will be televising the remainder of today’s coverage
And one man went out camping today instead: ‘Out with my grandson. We have not interest whatsoever in watching the funeral of an old lady whose didn’t know.’
The public bank holiday has seen a host of businesses lock up for the day – from everyday convenience shops to large tourist attractions.
Meanwhile in London, road closures are in place across the city and some Tube stations are out of use due to the largest policing operation in the Met’s history.
A 12-mile ring of steel has been imposed in the heart of the capital along with the route the late monarch’s coffin will take to Windsor later today, where she will ultimately be laid to rest.
Some people have gone out of their way to tell others what they have spent their day doing on social media, with one user taking to Twitter to write: ‘Me watching Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach instead of the funeral’
Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Lidl and Aldi are among those who closed their supermarket stores for the day.
‘We want to express our deepest condolences to the royal family, as well as our gratitude to Her Majesty the Queen for her unwavering service,’ said Tesco’s UK chief executive Jason Tarry.
Other high street retailers, such as Marks & Spencer and Primark, also said they will shut for the day, while cinema chains such as Cineworld and Odeon have announced plans to keep their venues shut, too.
Bin collections, driving tests and a number of hospital appointments have all also been scrapped, while there are closures at English Heritage and National Trust sites.
Popular holiday spot Center Parcs is closing its on-site facilities today, but guests are allowed to remain in lodges and walk around, despite bosses initially threatening to boot them out.
And one man went out camping today instead: ‘Out with my grandson. We have not interest whatsoever in watching the funeral of an old lady whose didn’t know’
Despite the widespread closures, huge crowds flocked into central London this morning for the funeral service, with City Hall officials issuing a warning at 7.30am.
It read: ‘The areas in and around Buckingham Palace, Westminster, Whitehall, St James’s Park and Green Park are extremely busy.
‘If you are in the vicinity or arriving to watch Her Majesty The Queen’s State Funeral and procession, please be patient and follow the advice of stewards and police.