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King Charles III and Joe Biden on September 18, 2022 (UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office / Flickr / Edited)

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UK Delayed Surgeries, Cancer Treatments For Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral

While many Americans are enamored with the pomp and ceremony surrounding King Charles’s accession to the throne, it paralyzes the UK

Four days after Queen Elizabeth II’s death was announced, it was revealed that she would she was set to be buried at Westminster Abbey, where the queen married Prince Philip in 1947, and where she was crowned in 1953 in a ceremony held today.

That ceremony began on Monday, September 19, at 11 a.m. in the UK. Her funeral is the first state funeral since Winston Churchill’s in 1965.

Unfortunately for some citizens of the United Kingdom, the country has called a bank holiday that means everything closes for Her Majesty’s funeral… and I mean everything.

Except pubs, which have likely doubled as a community gathering place while the country remains in a period of national mourning.

Even the Golden Arches of McDonald’s closed for the funeral.

As did Tesco, as iconic of a British brand as has ever existed.

But those that scheduled cancer treatments, maternity check-ins, or need to go to the food bank? Also out of luck. And this is in the United Kingdom, where the NHS perpetually complains of being underfunded and understaffed, and nearly 6.8 million citizens were already waiting for appointments at the end of July.

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Strangely, however, there are reports that Britons were still able to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination despite everything else being closed.

The Wimbledon Food Bank also announced it will be closed on the day of the queen’s funeral. Other families had to reschedule funerals their own loved ones as they are unable to be buried on the same day as Queen Elizabeth II.

Current and former heads of state were invited to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, including President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Liz Truss.

The palace decided against inviting representatives from Russia, Belarus, and Myanmar. Representatives from Syria, Venezuela, and Afghanistan were not invited because the United Kingdom does not have full diplomatic relations with these countries, according to CNN

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