Queen Elizabeth dies: Hackney Carnival, BBC Proms, Oval Cricket - which events are cancelled in London?

As a mark of respect for her Majesty’s passing, events up and down the country have been cancelled - as a wave of tradition sweeps the nation.

After seven decades as this country's longest-reigning monarch, QueenElizabeth II died peacefully at Balmoral, her home in Scotland, yesterday.

Buckingham Palace released a statement on Thursday (September 8) stating: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

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

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Queen Elizabeth II sits next to Anna Wintour as they view Richard Quinn’s runway show before presenting him with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design as she visits London Fashion Week’s BFC Show Space on February 20, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Yui Mok - Pool/Getty Images)

Now, as a mark of respect for her Majesty’s passing, events up and down the country have been cancelled.

It comes as a wave of tradition sweeps the nation ahead of King Charles III’s coronation.

Here are the major events in London cancelled following the death of the Queen.

Mercury Prize

Music industry award ceremony the Mercury Prize was cancelled yesterday evening in light of the news.

The decision to cancel the evening came after attendees had taken their seats.

However, shortlisted artists don’t need to despair.

The awards will be rescheduled and organisers have promised an update “as soon as we are able”.

Hackney Carnival

Councillors in Hackney say they have decided to cancel Hackney Carnival which was due to take place on Sunday (September 9) to “observe this period of national mourning”.

In a statement, organisers said: “We’ll be looking at whether it's feasible to hold Carnival later this year, or if we can showcase the artists’ work in another way.”

The event is a vibrant celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture.

Mayor Philip Glanville said: “We know many people will feel extremely disappointed, and we are sorry for the sadness and upset this will cause.

Domestic abuse charity for black women Sistah Space has been told there is “no space” to take part in the annual Hackney Carnival parade. Photo: Sistah Space

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the incredible people who were due to perform and take part in Carnival, as well as those involved in the organisation of the event.”

The council says it will honour all its contracts with suppliers and provide more information in due course.

Premier League football

Clubs have paused this weekend’s Premier League matches - including Monday evening’s game.

This includes the game between Chelsea and Fulham slated for tomorrow (September 10).

Chief executive Richard Masters said: “We and our clubs would like to pay tribute to her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country.

"As our longest-serving monarch, she has been an inspiration and leaves behind an incredible legacy following a life of dedication.

"This is a tremendously sad time for not just the nation, but also for the millions of people around the world who admired her, and we join together with those mourning her passing.”

The FA and the EFL will take a similar approach with their matches this weekend too.

Cricket test match

A cricket test match at the Oval in south London has been cancelled following the death of the Queen.

Organisers said they were “deeply saddened” by her passing.

Tom Curran of Oval Invincibles bowls during the Hundred Match between Oval Invincibles Men and Birmingham Phoenix at The Kia Oval on August 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

In a statement, they said: “As a mark of respect to her Majesty, there will be no play in the test match between England and South Africa mens on Friday, September 9.

“A further announcement about the continuation of the test match will be made in due course.”

Anyone with a ticket for today’s match will be issued a full refund automatically.

While ticket holders for days three, four and five will be contacted by the venue.”

Train and postal strikes

Transport and postal strikes have been called off next week as a mark of respect for the monarch.

Rail and Maritime Transport workers union general secretary Mick Lynch said: “The RMT joins the whole nation in paying its respects to Queen Elizabeth.

"The planned railway strike action on September 15 and 17 is suspended.

"We express our deepest condolences to her family, friends and the country."

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) also cancelled a planned postal strike set to take place today (Friday, September 9).

General secretary Dave Ward said: “Following the very sad news of the passing of the Queen and out of respect for her service to the country and her family, the union has decided to call off tomorrow’s planned strike action.”

Transport unions Aslef and the TSSA also cancelled planned walkouts.

Burberry fashion show

Iconic British clothing brand Burberry has cancelled its London Fashion Week (LFW) show out of respect for the Queen.

The fashion week is scheduled to go ahead next week, from September 15-19, and the British Fashion Council has confirmed shows will take place but parties will be cancelled.

Daisy Lowe walks the runway at the Katie Eary show during London Fashion Week Men's January 2017 collections at BFC Show Space on January 7, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

But a Burberry spokesperson said: “It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of her Majesty the Queen.

“As a mark of respect, we have taken the decision to cancel our spring/summer 2023 runway show due to take place on September 17 in London.”

Burberry also paid tribute to the Queen on social media, saying: “We are deeply saddened by the death of her Majesty the Queen.

“We join the royal family in mourning her loss.”

BBC Proms

Concert series the BBC Proms has seen events cancelled on Friday, September 9, and Saturday, September 10.

The cancellations include the final event known as Last Night of the Proms.

It was set to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday evening.

This weekend will be the first and only time since the Second World War the final concert hasn’t been played.

Male choir and percussion ensemble Asima open the Indian Voices day at the BBC Proms 2009 at the Royal Albert Hall, London on August 16 2009 (Photo: Leon Neal/AFP via Getty Images)

A BBC spokesperson said: “Following the very sad news of the death of her Majesty the Queen, as a mark of respect we will not be going ahead with Prom 71 on Friday, September 9, or the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday, September 10.”

Royal Opera House

Venue the Royal Opera House cancelled last night’s performance of Don Giovanni and the Aida Insight following the news of the Queen’s death.

It will also be closed on the day of her Majesty’s state funeral.

Chief executive Alex Beard 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 long standing 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.”

All ticket holders will be contacted by the venue.