Monday is a Bank Holiday across the UK, with millions of people being given the chance to watch the Queen’s funeral.
It marks the culmination of a mourning period that has seen Britain gradually grind towards a standstill.
Sporting fixtures and cultural events have been almost entirely suspended on Monday, while museums, banks, businesses, shops and schools are shut.
But while those closures were mostly anticipated following the demise of a monarch whose reign lasted seven decades, others have caused more serious consequences — leaving some Brits mystified and angry.
Non-urgent hospital appointments across the country have been pushed back due to staffing shortfalls, adding to an already unprecedented waiting list for health care in Britain. Holidaymakers have seen their accommodation plans torn up, travelers are warned that flights will be disrupted to avoid noise over London, and funerals and food banks are braced for disturbances.
“It’s sad the Queen’s gone, but potentially leaving someone to get worse is not helpful,” said photographer Dan Lewsey, who told CNN his mother’s check-up after a cancer diagnosis was postponed by a hospital in Shropshire, western England. “Normal life should be able to carry on to an extent.”
The confusion reflects a country that has wrestled with how best to honor the Queen. Despite decades of planning for Elizabeth II’s passing, the government has declined to issue firm guidance on what should and should not go ahead during the period of national mourning, leaving many decisions up to providers.