Tribute from the pond. The NFL will reportedly honor the late Queen Elizabeth II with a moment of silence during the league’s season opener.
According to a message from TMZ Sport. The league’s UK Twitter account also marked the passing of the royal family with a statement posted on social media.
“Everyone in the UK NFL is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” it said in a statement. “Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the Royal Family. We join with all those who mourn the loss of Her Majesty.”
Buckingham Palace confirmed that Elizabeth died at the age of 96 on Thursday, hours after it was revealed she was under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. “The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the palace said in a statement. “The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.”
The eldest son of the sovereign, Prince Charles, later shared his tribute to Elizabeth. “The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” the 73-year-old new king said. “We deeply mourn the death of our beloved Sovereign and beloved Mother. I know that her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and to countless people around the world.”
The NFL has joined many other sports organizations in commemorating the Queen after her death. The BMW PGA Championship, currently held at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, has suspended play until further notice. The golf course and practice facilities will also be closed on Friday 9 September.
Meanwhile, the English Football League has canceled all games scheduled for Friday and said a decision on further weakened games would be made after discussions with the British government and other sports officials.
Thursday’s rugby matches in England and Scotland have also been postponed, as have all games scheduled for the weekend. Horse racing, one of the Queen’s favorite sports, has also been canceled for Thursday and Friday.
“Her Majesty has been one of the greatest and most influential supporters in the history of horse racing,” the British Racing Authority said in a statement Thursday. “Her passion for racing and the racehorse shone brightly throughout her life, not only through her close involvement in breeding and racing, but also in her role as patron of the Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Breeders Association, and as figurehead of Royal Ascot. … It is therefore fitting that all racing be suspended for today and tomorrow as we begin to mourn the passing of Her Majesty and remember her outstanding life and contribution to our sport and our country.”
Back in America, the US Tennis Association announced that there would be a moment of silence before the semi-final match on Thursday night between Ons Gill as well as Caroline Garcia at the US Open in New York.