McDonald’s is to close all of its UK restaurants on Monday 19 September, as a mark of respect to Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her funeral. The fast food chain, which has around 1,300 outlets in the UK, said they would all be shut until 5pm on the day.
A bank holiday across the UK was approved by King Charles III for the day of his mother’s funeral. The Queen, Britain’s longest ever reigning monarch, died on Thursday at her Scottish estate in Balmoral.
John Lewis, Waitrose, Asda, Primark and a host of other businesses have already said they will be shut in the UK on Monday to mark the proceedings.
A McDonald’s spokesperson told the BBC that they took the decision to close the restaurants as they “want to allow our people to pay their respects in the way they choose”.
In a statement on Twitter, McDonald’s said: “In honour of HM Queen Elizabeth II and to enable everyone at McDonald’s to pay their respects, our restaurants across the UK will be closed from midnight until 5pm on Monday 19th September.”
Deliveries will also not be available until after 5pm.