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Sport takes a break from reverence as Britain celebrates Queen’s funeral

Sport will come to a halt across the UK on Monday as Britons pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth II on the day of her funeral.

Running, the Queen’s favorite sport, had originally scheduled meetings in Leicester, Warwick, Hamilton Park and Wolverhampton, but they were canceled after the funeral date was announced.

Football resumed over the weekend, with teams honoring the late monarch through moments of silence, specially curated programs and other tributes.

The Queen was patron of many sporting institutions, including the FA, the British Olympic Association, the MCC and the Commonwealth Games Federation.

In 2012, she showcased her acting talent alongside Daniel Craig in a James Bond video for the Olympic Opening Ceremony in London.

While sport is on a home hiatus, some British teams competing elsewhere have announced plans to honor the Queen.

These include the country’s rowers at the world championships in Racice, Czech Republic, whose request to adjust the schedule to avoid a clash with the funeral was rejected by World Rowing.

A statement from British Rowing read: “We have sought to compete with the most appropriate adjustments to show our respect for HM The Queen, the Royal Family and the nation.

“The team will wear black ribbons at races during the period of mourning and will join the nation in observing the minute of silence on Sunday evening. All members of the team delegation who are not directly involved in the race will also observe the two-minute silence on Monday.”

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