News at 9: From Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, 20 popular UK attractions to remain shut until further notice

News at 9: From Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, 20 popular UK attractions to remain shut until further notice

All of the UK’s most frequented sites will be shut today in respect of Queen Elizabeth II who passed away at Balmoral yesterday at 4:30 pm after 70 years on the throne. Most of the sites that will be closed down will reopen on Saturday. However Royal residences and palaces, such as Buckingham Palace are expected to remain closed until the Queen’s funeral.

People are advised to check opening schedules ahead of their visits.

Royal residences and galleries: Balmoral Estates will be closed to visitors until further notice and during the Period of Mourning the main gates will be closed to all traffic. The State Rooms, the Royal Mews and The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh will also remain closed to visitors until further notice.

St Paul’s Cathedral: The iconic cathedral – where the 1981 wedding of the then Prince Charles and the late Lady Diana Spencer took place – will close on Friday (9 September) to prepare for “a service of prayer and reflection”.

Westminster Abbey: The Abbey will only be open for “worship, prayer and reflection” until Sunday (11 September). It will be closed to tourism-related visits until Wednesday 21 September.

The Tower of London: The 1,000-year-old fortress and former prison – which houses the crown jewels – is closed to visitors on Friday.

Historic Royal Palaces: The Tower of London is one of six sites in the Historic Royal Palaces group. Also closed on Friday are the other five: Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, the Banqueting House in Whitehall, Hampton Court Palace, and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.

Royal Albert Hall: The concert hall announced that it “will not be going ahead with Prom 71 on Friday 9 September, or the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday 10 September.”

Legoland Windsor: The theme park located near Windsor Castle will be closed on Friday. Ticketholders will be emailed about their booking, a spokesperson said.

London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo: Both zoos will be closed on Friday.

National Gallery: The gallery tweeted that it will be “closed until Saturday 10 September as a mark of respect.”

Kew Gardens: The botanical gardens will be closed on Friday. Ticketholders will be contacted by email, a spokesperson said.

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