Advice and guidance for BF clubs and members on the period of National Mourning following the demise of BF’s patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Last updated: September 13th, 2022 – Added link to the The BF Book of Condolence page. The book closes on Tuesday, September 20th at 11:59pm and can be read here.
On September 8th, 2022, Buckingham Palace announced the death of BF’s patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The thoughts of everyone at British Fencing are with the Royal Family at this time.
Alongside the collective sadness that many of us will be feeling, we are aware that many of our members will have questions relating to what this now means for fencing activity in the coming days and weeks.
This page aims to provide information, advice and guidance throughout the period of National Mourning and will be updated regularly.
BF’s protocol during this time includes:
The Royal Household has released official guidance on the period of national mourning which includes sporting events.
There are several events and activities scheduled to take place during this time including:
Events during the National Mourning Period (not including day of State Funeral):
The official guidance states that:
“There is no obligation to cancel or postpone events and sporting fixtures, or close entertainment venues during the National Mourning period. This is at the discretion of individual organisations.”
BF intend to follow National Mourning Period event protocols for the Cadet and Junior Championships, which include:
Fencing event organisers may want to consider similar measures at their discretion during this time.
Events on the day of State Funeral:
The official guidance states that:
“As a mark of respect, organisations might wish to consider cancelling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of the State Funeral. They are under no obligation to do so and this is entirely at the discretion of individual organisations.
‘If sporting fixtures or events are planned for the day of the State Funeral, organisations may want to adjust the event timings so they do not clash with the timings of the funeral service and associated processions. As a mark of respect, and in keeping with the tone of National Mourning, organisers may wish to hold a period of silence and/or play the National Anthem at the start of events or sporting fixtures, and players may wish to wear black armbands.”
The State Funeral has been announced for September 19th, 2022. A bank holiday day of national mourning has also been announced for this day. The BF Head Office will be closed on September 19th.
The official guidance states that sporting events do not need to stop during the period of National Mourning. Clubs do not need to close. BF appreciates that clubs and members may want to pay their respects to The Royal Family at this time and there are several ways to do this including:
If a club session is scheduled for the day of the State Funeral, it is at the discretion of the club as to whether to go ahead. Clubs may want to consider canceling or adjusting the time of sessions to accommodate State Funeral procession and service timings. They may also choose to play the National Anthem, observe a minute’s silence, or wear black armbands/sock tape on the day.
BF will not be sharing social media posts about World Fencing Day on September 10th. Clubs and members are welcome to still recognise the day in their own way and any World Fencing Day sessions do not need to be cancelled. BF will share any images and stories about World Fencing Day provided by clubs after the period of National Mourning is over.
BF would like to thank our partners for their support at this time.
GBR Selections will be posted on the website here and athletes will be notified by email about selection. BF will not be posting on social media about selections. Please check the latest news and your email inbox for selection information.
Gov.uk information following the Queen’s death.
The Royal Family Book of Condolence
Add a message to the BF Book of Condolence
Any questions? Please contact us here.
Are you OK? We recognise that this news will affect people in different ways. If you are struggling please reach out, more information about avenues of support can be found here.
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