McDonald’s will close all its restaurants for most of Monday to “show their respect” to Queen Elizabeth II.
It was announced on Saturday that the The funeral of the late monarch will take place at 11 am on September 19.
This afternoon the fast-food chain announced changes to opening and closing hours for the historic day.
The move will give the roughly 120,000 employees a chance to come to terms with the tragedy with the rest of the nation.
A statement on social media said: “In honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and to enable everyone at McDonald’s to pay their respects, our restaurants across the UK will be closed from midnight to 5pm on Monday, September 19”.
This means none of the 1,270 UK branches will be open before 5pm.
Opening hours and services may also vary further by region.
In response to a customer who asked about deliveries, McDonald’s said it “rest assured that they will aim to make deliveries as soon as possible”.
The decision to close most of Monday will not affect restaurant employees, who will be paid for their scheduled hours.
John Lewis, Harrods and Primark are just some of the retailers that will close on the day of the funeral.
Meanwhile, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Homebase will also close their doors.
Tens of thousands of mourners are expected to flock to central London to bid the Queen a final farewell on Monday.
The 11am service at Westminster Abbey will also be watched by millions on television.
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