The death last week of Queen Elizabeth has, somewhat understandably, led to a period of national mourning in the UK.
The British public have been encouraged to mourn the death of the Queen, with many activities being postponed as a "mark of respect".
Some of the displays of affection for the late Queen, however, have been downright ridiculous.
Death of Queen Elizabeth II: Some of the craziest reactions
1. No parking your bikes in Norwich
if there’s a more bonkers form of “mourning” I’d love to see it pic.twitter.com/j4GJvSC6kf
— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) September 11, 2022
2. No condoms from the Wetherspoon dispenser
This is getting ridiculous!!! pic.twitter.com/YYbGxqtTg5
— Joe (@MrJoeGooch) September 11, 2022
3. Kids' ride halted in service station
— GrieveWatch (@GrieveWatch) September 13, 2022
4. No Champions League anthem in Liverpool
In fairness, the vast majority of the crowd at Anfield observed the minute's silence impeccably. Still, it was an incredibly strange feeling to see a massive Champions League game against Ajax kick-off without hearing the iconic tournament theme music (especially as it is based on the music used during royal coronations...)
— Stephen Lee 💙Manifest💙 (@StephenJLee1987) September 13, 2022
5. Football games postponed unnecessarily
Football took a break last week in the immediate aftermath of the Queen's death. At a professional level, it seemed unnecessary - especially in the midst of an unusually crowded season - while the decision to halt children's and grassroots games seemed even more so.
Of course, Eton appeared to go ahead with their game...
As the tweet has been deleted, we’ll just leave this here
Whilst kids up & down the country are unable to play football this weekend, it seems the same rules don’t apply for Eton
Is that an FA referee too? pic.twitter.com/UMhg06DZqI
— Talking Toffees (@talking_toffees) September 10, 2022
6. Kids' fairs cancelled
Little kids having fun, outside on Wimbledon Common. Cancelled?
Probably just me who thinks this is bonkers. pic.twitter.com/yHiAIjjmDf
— mick dore (@14thefrog) September 10, 2022
7. The weather has also been cancelled, apparently
We are saddened by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with her family and all those affected by this news.
As a mark of respect during this time of national mourning we will only be posting daily forecasts and warnings.
— Met Office (@metoffice) September 9, 2022
8. Royal beekeeper informs bees of Queen's death
The Royal beekeeper, John Chappelle, aged 79, has told the Queen's bees that "the lady has died."
He placed black ribbons tied in bows on the hives before asking the, mostly dark European, bees not to leave and to be good to their new master, King Charles III. pic.twitter.com/8sBT2e5eoi
— Jacqueline (Bee) Durban (@radicalhoneybee) September 10, 2022
9. Perfect memorial workout planned
‘1 minute rest in silence’ i am finished pic.twitter.com/eNPI5CHyml
— michael ✨ (@mjrgrs) September 9, 2022
Sorry, I need to immortalise Wayne Lineker's tribute to the Queen because I will never not want to see it. pic.twitter.com/r8KOeSNQtJ
— Childish Gabibbo (@ichlugebullets) September 9, 2022
11. Phone booths draped in black
For those who asked… pic.twitter.com/lsZc2AYlEJ
— Gazelle Twin (@gazelletwin) September 13, 2022
12. Center Parcs theme parks closed "as mark of respect"
Following the announcement of the date of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, we have made the decision to close all our UK villages on Monday 19 September at 10am as a mark of respect and to allow as many of our colleagues as possible to be part of this historic moment. 1/2
— Center Parcs UK (@CenterParcsUK) September 13, 2022
13. The Paddington Grim Reaper cartoon
My favourite dead queen piccy has to be this one bc it insinuates that Paddington bear is the grim reaper for British people pic.twitter.com/jfG6cc3Bao
— Caito (@CatsMcGhee) September 8, 2022
14. The guy who got a tattoo of the Paddington Grim Reaper cartoon
— No context UK Facebook (@NoContextFBUK) September 12, 2022
15. People being asked not to bring Paddington teddies to Buckingham Palace
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) September 12, 2022
16. The BBC reassuring the public that Paddington is not, in fact, real
Just top notch journalism, really. pic.twitter.com/VjtQTuYVs0
— Friz Frizzle (@FrizFrizzle) September 11, 2022
17. Just all of the Paddington stuff, honestly
From the front page of today’s Mirror. This whole Paddington/Queen thing is so incredibly weird. pic.twitter.com/rUbQihEfq7
— Dylan Brady (@dylanfbrady) September 14, 2022
18. No beeps at the tills in Morrisons
I'm struggling to believe the intro I have just written to a story but it's true..
"Morrisons supermarket has turned off the beeps at its checkouts in a mark of respect to the Queen."
— Andrew Ellson (@andrewellson) September 12, 2022
19. A change to the McDonalds self-service machines
— tyron (@thetyronwilson) September 9, 2022
20. No laughter at the BBC for a week
BBC “suspending all comedy programming during period of national mourning “ No laughing for a week 😩 pic.twitter.com/e0hVDYWzGs
— Deeaitch (@Andrewhodge88) September 9, 2022
21. No films at Vue cinemas - but they will be showing the Queen's funeral
Vue (big cinema company in the UK) are showing the Queen's funeral on every screen in every cinema, with free entry
we are a very, normal, sane, rational country pic.twitter.com/5ebeZfrpy4
— ⚜️ Tom Cunliffe ⚜️ (@VolksDK) September 13, 2022
All Vue cinemas will cancel their scheduled film screenings on Monday, but they will show the Queen's funeral live.
Mourners will not be permitted to buy snacks or drinks (no, seriously).
22. No flights in or out of Heathrow
Out of respect for the period of mourning following the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, some flights between 13:50–15:40 on Wed 14 Sept will be disrupted to ensure silence during the ceremonial procession.
Airlines will notify passengers directly of any flight changes. (1/3)
— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) September 13, 2022