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Kyle O'Sullivan

Everything cancelled or closed on King's Coronation weekend - from football to shops

Whether you're celebrating or not, King Charles and Queen Camilla's Coronation is going to have a huge impact on your weekend.

Coronation fever is sweeping the nation and long, drawn out plans are finally being put into place ahead of the momentous occasion.

The impact of the big day isn't just contained to the congregation gathered inside Westminster Abbey, as millions across the country will be impacted by big changes.

The British economy is set to see a huge boost of over £8 billion over the special Bank Holiday weekend - with opening hours for shops, supermarkets and pubs switching around.

It's even forced changes in the football schedule and which programmes you'll be able to watch on television.


Forget about your usual shows, as there will be wall to wall coverage of the Coronation on our screens.

There will be no escaping all things royal as BBC One and Two will both be showing live coverage, as well as ITV and Sky.

Kirsty Young and Huw Edwards are among the BBC presenting team, while Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham front ITV's offering and Dame Joanna Lumley joins Sky.

Standing out from the crowd is Channel 4, who will be offering an alternative Coronation experience with their Andrew - The Problem Prince documentary about the Duke of York's awkward interview with Emily Maitlis.

They will also be showing films such as Johnny English and Star Trek Beyond to "provide an escape from the pomp and ceremony".

The BBC is also airing coverage of the Coronation concert from Windsor Castle on Sunday night from 8pm.


Football hasn't got away unscathed from the Coronation disruption - as no matches will be played during the ceremony.

Half of the planned Premier League games have been moved from Saturday, but there will still be some matches to enjoy later in the day.

There will be no early kick off to avoid a clash with the ceremony, so the earliest fixtures will kick off at 3pm.

In a major shake-up, Manchester City's match against Leeds United will be televised, as the usual blackout on 3pm games being shown on TV has been relaxed for this special day.

No football will be played during Charles' Coronation ceremony (Press Association)

And only one game, Tottenham against Crystal Palace, will be played in London on Saturday.

The Premier League plans were only finalised on March 24, causing a lot of disruption for fans and apologies from the bosses.

There has been more disruption to other leagues, with all 36 games from the EFL being switched to a different day.

The final matches in League One will now all be played at 12pm on Sunday, League Two games will be 12.30pm on Monday and the Championship season comes to a close at 3pm on Monday.

It's been reported that the Premier League has asked clubs to play the national anthem ahead of matches over the weekend.

Tottenham have confirmed they will adhere to the Premier League's request, as will Liverpool despite fears fans will boo 'God Save the King'.


Given that the Coronation takes place on a Saturday, schools are obviously closed.

But students and teachers will also get a day off on Monday due to the extra Bank Holiday taking place.

Schools have been taking part in a number of activities to mark the special ceremony, with parties, competitions and parades happening in lots of different places.

Children in Northern Ireland have been following in the footsteps of green-fingered King Charles and roses in their school garden.

Some pupils in Scotland got into the kitchen to make a coronation feast, while kids in Wales have been dressing up and learning dances from the 1950s.

Roads and transport

Major road closures are happening in central London along the Coronation Procession route and other busy areas.

Roads around St James's Park, Westminster, Waterloo, Charing Cross, Westminster Bridge and Embankment will be closed.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport sent letters to all residents and businesses who will be affected by road closures over the weekend.

The Coronation procession route (Press Association Images)

Vehicles including cars, buses, coaches, vans, trucks, motorbike and bicycles will not be allowed into the restricted event areas.

The event restrictions for the ceremony itself will begin at 7pm this Friday and will be in place until Sunday.

With millions of extra people set to be in London for the Coronation, Network Rail has warned passengers to 'allow extra time and check live updates'.


People across the nation are gearing up for a celebration - and are expected to splash out.

There is no obligation for shops to be shut during the ceremony on Saturday - and none have announced they are going to close.

While major chains will be open, small businesses may decide to give staff the day off to watch the Coronation.

It's obviously a very different feel to the Queen's funeral, where most major shops did close their stores as a mark of respect.

Most shops will be open on Bank Holiday Monday but with reduced opening hours.

It's believed people will spend £3.22bn more than they do during a typical May bank holiday, which is usually £4.80bn on these weekends.

It’s estimated consumers will spend an extra £1.76bn in shops - equivalent to £87 per person over the Coronation bank holiday weekend, as they prepare for celebrations and street parties.

The majority of this spend - £1.17bn - will be seen by supermarkets, convenience stores, and corner shops as shoppers stock up their fridges.


Banks will be open for normal operating hours on Saturday, but most are usually only available to go into in the morning.

Most will be shut on Sunday as usual, with Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, NatWest and Santander generally closed - but Metro Bank stores will be open.

The clue really is in the name for Bank Holiday Monday - with everyone apart from Metro Bank closing up for the day.


Tesco told The Mirror its stores will operate with normal trading hours this Saturday and Sunday.

On the bank holiday Monday, most Tesco stores will open from 8am to 6pm and some may be open until 8pm.

While Tesco Express stores will be open as normal, opening at 6am or 7am and closing between 10pm and 11pm.

On Saturday and Sunday, Morrisons will be trading under their normal hours - and majority of stores will be open from 7am until 8pm on Monday.

Vendors selling souvenirs for the Coronation (John Lamparski/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock)

On Saturday, Sainsbury's superstores will be open at either 6am or 7am and will shut at either 10pm or 11pm.

Sainsbury's told The Mirror that the majority of its stores will be open from 8am until 8pm on Bank Holiday Monday.

Sainsbury's convenience stores will be open from normal on bank holiday Monday from 7am until either 10pm or 11pm.

Asda will be operating under normal hours over the Coronation weekend, and the majority of stores will be opening from 7am to 8pm on Monday.

On Saturday, Aldi stores will be opening as normal from 8am and closing at 10pm - and will close slightly earlier on Monday at 8pm.

A full list of all the closures and time changes can be found here.

Pubs, clubs and bars

The pints will be flowing in pubs, clubs and bar up and down the country on Coronation day.

And the fun will be carrying on for longer as England and Wales will serve customers for an extra two hours between Friday and Sunday.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has extended licensing hours from the normal 11pm to 1am to allow people to "enjoy an extra pint or two" as it is "a momentous occasion deserving of special celebration".

On Monday, it is down to each individual venue as to whether they want to open, but few will miss the chance to get the Bank Holiday crowd in.

Over the course of the three-day weekend, a whopping 35.5 million pints of beer, 5.3 million bottles of wine, 2.4 million bottles of fizz, and 200,000 bottles of Pimms are set to be drunk across the UK.

It's good news for the industry, as the celebrations are expected to help provide a £120 million raise for pubs, according to figures from the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

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