All racing will be cancelled next Tuesday due to the Queen Mother’s funeral
There will be no racing in Britain next Tuesday (9 April) as a mark of respect to the Queen Mother, whose funeral will be taking place the same day.
The British Horseracing Board has decided to cancel the meetings scheduled for Pontefract, Exeter and Southwell following Buckingham Palace’s announcement that the Queen Mother’s funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 9 April.
Peter Savill, chairman of the BHB, said in a statement: “The BHB considers it wholly appropriate to cancel the fixtures on the day of the funeral. Everyone in racing will have the opportunity to pay their respects to one of the sport’s most important and best-loved figures.”
He added: “Everyone involved in our sport is immensely proud of the very special relationship which the Queen Mother had with racing.”
The Queen Mother’s coffin was moved by hearse from Windsor to St James Palace in London today (Tuesday 2 April).
A ceremonial procession of around 1,600 servicemen, plus members of theRoyal Family, will escort the Queen Mother’s coffin on its journey to Westminster Hall to lie in state on Friday.
Members of the public will have three-and-a-half days to pay their respects at Westminster Hall before the Queen Mother’s ceremonial funeral at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 9 April.
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