Burberry Cancels Show, Department Stores Go Dark as U.K. Mourns Queen Elizabeth II

British fashion brands & retailers have joined nation in mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, temporarily shutting stores & postponing events scheduled for the coming weeks.

Burberry, a Royal Warrant holder, or official supplier to the royal family, has canceled its spring 2023 fashion show, which had been scheduled during London Fashion Week, scheduled for Sept. 16-20.

British Fashion Council has said show's collections can continue, “but we are asking that designers respect mood of nation & period of national mourning by considering timing of their image release.”

A date for the queen’s funeral has not yet been set, but it is expected to take place during Sept. 17-19. The day will be designated as a public holiday.

As soon as news of the queen’s death was announced on Thursday evening, hundreds of mourners have been gathering outside of Buckingham Palace to pay their respects and leave flowers. 

More than 800 companies, in Britain & elsewhere, are Royal Warrant holders. Although these companies do not have to follow royal protocol & pause business, many of them have made the decision to do so