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After death of the Queen, Selfridges shuts doors, scaled-back LFW to happen, no Burberry show

Sep 9, 2022

​As the UK reacted to the death of the Queen, normal life continued after a fashion for many, although for some it was suspended — at least temporarily — on Friday.

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Selfridges branches closed early on Thursday when the news first emerged and the retailer said it would remain shut on Friday, although its webstore was still operating.

The company said: “It is with deep sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth has been a reassuring constant throughout our lives.

“Over the past 70 years, her Majesty has been dedicated to the service of our country and the Commonwealth, demonstrating an enormous sense of duty and commitment.”

Broadcasters also suspended regular programming and advertising was on hold on TV, radio, is some print media and at out-of-home sites.

Harrods meanwhile said: “We stand with the nation in grief on the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. Her Majesty stood as a symbol of Britain, bringing comfort, leadership and steadfastness to millions over her 70-year reign. On behalf of Harrods and our employees, we send our deepest condolences to the Royal Family and are united in remembrance of her life dedicated to public service.”

The British Fashion Council said on social media that “It was a great honour in 2018 to host Her Majesty at London Fashion Week to launch the QEII Award for British Design which recognises design excellence and positive impact. Her Majesty’s effortless style, charm and sense of fun was evident and her passion in supporting young creatives will continue to inspire the next generation”.


The BFC has confirmed that London Fashion Week will happen but brands have been advised to cancel non-essential events and Burberry has pulled out of its show that had been due on 17 September. The timing of the Queen’s funeral hasn’t yet been announced but it’s widely expected to be around 10 days after her death so the show would have been in extremely close proximity to that.

The BFC statement said: “London Fashion Week is a business-to-business event, and an important moment for designers to show their collections at a specific moment in the fashion calendar, we recognise the work that goes into this moment. Therefore, shows and presentations of collections can continue, but we are asking that designers respect the mood of the nation and period of national mourning by considering the timing of their image release.”

Other business made statements of condolence. The Duke of Westminster — who controls the giant Grosvenor estate that’s home to many of the highest-end brand stores in London, as well as malls like Liverpool One — said: “The Queen’s death has brought immense sadness and shock. She was a constant presence in all our lives, the majority of us never knowing a world without her. This is a time for mourning, but it can also be a moment of reflection as we honour her extraordinary life.

“She was, and will remain, a focal point for international unity inspiring us all to draw the best out of each other and our communities. She represented a beacon of hope in times of crisis and personified national pride in times of celebration.  

“While she will rightly be remembered for her resolute leadership, her service and selfless duty, I would also like to personally pay tribute to her warmth and the immense joy she brought to us all.”

Simon Roberts, CEO of Sainsbury's, made a statement that was echoed by a raft of retail peers in their own official releases. He said: “We are very sorry to learn of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. She was a truly remarkable woman and an inspiration to so many people, all over the world. Some of our colleagues had the honour of hosting her at our Sainsbury’s 150th birthday celebrations and we were so grateful to her for the time she took to celebrate with us. We thank her for her extraordinary decades of service to our country and our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Her Majesty’s family at this sad time.”

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