A tribute from across the Atlantic. The NFL would honor the late Queen Elizabeth II with a moment of silence during the league season opener.
The game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills on Thursday, September 8 will begin with a brief tribute to the late monarch, according to a report from TMZ Sports. The league’s UK Twitter account also commemorated the royal’s passing with a statement shared via social media.
« Everyone at NFL UK is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, » the message read. “Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the Royal Family. We join with all who mourn the loss of Her Majesty.
Buckingham Palace confirmed that Elizabeth died aged 96 on Thursday, hours after revealing she had been placed under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. “The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the palace statement read. « The King and Queen consort will stay at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow. »
The ruler’s eldest son, Prince Charles, then shared his own tribute to Elizabeth. « The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family, » the new king, 73, began in a statement. “We deeply mourn the passing of a dear Sovereign and a beloved Mother. I know his loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Kingdoms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.
The NFL joined many other sports organizations in commemorating the Queen after her death. The BMW PGA Championship – currently taking place at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England – has suspended play until further notice. The golf course and practice facilities will also be closed on Friday, September 9.
The English Football League, meanwhile, canceled all games scheduled for Friday and said a decision would be made on further weakened games after discussions with the UK government and other sporting officials.
Thursday’s rugby matches in England and Scotland have also been postponed, along with all matches scheduled for the weekend. Horse racing – one of the Queen’s favorite sports – was also canceled on Thursday and Friday.
“Her Majesty was one of the greatest and most influential supporters in horse racing history,” the British Horseracing Authority said in a statement on Thursday. “Her passion for racing and the racehorse shone through throughout her life, not only through her close involvement in horse breeding and racing, but also in her roles as patron of the Jockey Club and the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, and figurehead of Royal Ascot. … So it is fitting that all racing is suspended for today and tomorrow as we begin to mourn Her Majesty’s passing and remember her extraordinary life and contribution to our sport and our nation.
Back in America, the US Tennis Association announced that there would be a minute’s silence before Thursday night’s semi-final match between Our Jaber and Caroline Garcia at the US Open in New York.