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Guidance issued for a period of National Mourning

The Queen's State Funeral has been confirmed as taking place on Monday 19th September. 

British Canoeing's offices and operations will be closed on the day of the State Funeral.

We have been consulting with Government agencies and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority regarding the ICF Canoe Slalom Ranking Race on 17 and 18 September and have received confirmation that it can take place as scheduled. 

Appropriate adjustments will be made to ensure the event is delivered in line with the period of national mourning and we will seek teams' support in this matter. 

The event will include a minute's silence on both days of competition, and the provision of black armbands and ribbons for participants and volunteers to wear. 


Issued 9th September 2022

British Canoeing is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen

On behalf of our members and the paddling community, we have expressed our deepest condolences to the Royal Family.

A period of National Mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has now commenced.  

The period of National Mourning will continue until the end of the day of the State Funeral.

Following the release of the government’s National Mourning Guidance and advice from key stakeholders, British Canoeing has produced the following guidance. 

Within the period, there is no obligation to cancel or postpone sporting activity at either elite or grassroots level. However organisers should be mindful of the circumstances and consider marks of respect such as:

  • A period of silence

  • Wearing of black armbands/ribbons

  • Playing of the national anthem

Organisers are however urged to use their own discretion and should consider the appropriateness and viability of an activity. This may involve consultation with venues and volunteers to assess any impacts. 

There is also no obligation to cancel or postpone events on the day of the State Funeral. Organisers may want to adjust the event timings so they do not clash with the funeral service and associated processions.