Queen Elizabeth II died this evening — may she rest in peace — and because the United Kingdom is technically still a (constitutional) monarchy in the year of our lord 2022, a 10-day period of mourning should now be observed, during which no form of entertainment is permitted but peasants must continue to work.

“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,” Buckingham Palace said in their statement.

Football is included in the no-fun clause, despite the Premier League did not exist the last time a monarch died.

The First Division, on the other hand, existed, and they made do with a homage and a song when George VI died in 1952. Chelsea faced Sunderland three days later, on February 9, and lost 4-1.

The preparation surrounding the Queen’s death has been dubbed “Operation London Bridge,” and it has consequences for UK sporting events.

The Premier League will be guided by the DCMS (Department for Culture, Media, and Sport), although weekend football fixtures are likely to be cancelled.

This includes English Premier League, EFL, SPL, and Irish and Welsh league games with fixtures postponed; semi-pro and amateur athletic events are expected to follow suit.

There are similarly established protocols for horse racing and cricket. If the Queen died during Royal Ascot, the race would be cancelled.

The Marylebone Cricket Club was also claimed to be insured in case a similar scenario occurred during an England Test match at Lord’s.

Rugby and hockey competitions were cancelled following the death of George VI in 1952, but football matches continued as mentioned before.

Before each play, fans chanted Abide With Me and the national anthem. The St Leger race in Doncaster is scheduled to take place this weekend, but it may be postponed due to the news.

In the Royal Parks, all games, including golf, will be prohibited.

Following Princess Diana’s death on August 31, 1997, the Liverpool vs. Newcastle United Premier League match, which was scheduled to begin later that day, was cancelled.

The following weekend’s Football League fixtures were rescheduled to avoid clashing with Diana’s funeral. The Premier League was on a pause due to an international break.