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Selfridges and Liberty among stores to remain closed today as a mark of respect for The Queen

Lauretta Roberts
09 September 2022

Selfridges, Liberty and Mulberry are among the British brands to announce they will keep the doors of their stores closed until Saturday as a mark of respect for Her Majesty the Queen, whose death was announced yesterday.

Two of the country's most iconic department stores, Selfridges and Liberty were among the first to issue tribute statements for The Queen yesterday evening and to confirm that they would not be opening today.

Selfridges posted across its social media platforms saying: “It is with deep sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. ​

“Queen Elizabeth has been a reassuring constant throughout our lives, ascending to the throne on 6 February 1952, making her the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

“Over the past 70 years, her Majesty has been dedicated to the service of our country and the Commonwealth, demonstrating an enormous sense of duty and commitment."


Liberty will remain closed until Saturday

Liberty posted an image of the Union Flag flying at half mast outside its store just off Regent Street in London, with an accompanying statement reading: "Our heartfelt sympathy and thoughts are with the Royal Family at this sad time. As a mark of respect, Liberty Store will be closed until Saturday 10th September at 10 am while we join the country in mourning."

Harvey Nichols

A tribute to The Queen in the window of Harvey Nichols

Last night fellow British department store Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge had already installed at tribute to The Queen in one of its windows. It is not yet confirmed whether the store will open its doors today.

Harrods too was among those quick to pay tribute as British fashion designers and fashion businesses issued statements last night. The luxury department store will remain open today but will "commemorate the life of the Queen and pay its respects" by closing its store on the day of the State Funeral.

British luxury brand Mulberry has confirmed its stores will remain closed until Saturday. French Connection, who's stores also remain closed today, said its "thoughts are with the Royal Family during this sad time".

In addition, JW Anderson, Barbour, Sandro, Maje, Tory Burch, Canada Goose, Disney and Russell & Bromley have all closed their stores today too. Along with luxury brands Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dior.

Commenting on the mood at London's Oxford Street, News Editor at, Tom Shearsmith said: "There are people visiting the area, although I'd probably say it's not as busy as a normal day. People on the street just aren't talking to each other - it's silent. People are certainly reflecting and remembering The Queen, her memory and her legacy."

Burberry has said its planned London Fashion Week show will now be cancelled as a "mark of respect".

London Fashion Week is due to take place between 15-20 September and organiser the British Fashion Council has said that while shows may still go ahead, it has asked designers to cancel unnecessary events such as parties and is also advising stores to close on the day of Her Majesty's funeral. The funeral is expected to take place around 10 days after The Queen's passing with the most likely date thought to be Saturday 17 September.

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