Selfridges closed today following Queen’s death

High end department store Selfridges has closed its four shops today.

The company, which has sites in Birmingham, London and two in Greater Manchester, closed early yesterday and will remain shut today following the death of the Queen at the age of 96.

A message on its website said all shops would reopen tomorrow.

A statement from Selfridges said: “It is with deep sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth has been a reassuring constant throughout our lives, ascending to the throne on 6 February 1952, making her the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

“Over the past 70 years, her Majesty has been dedicated to the service of our country and the Commonwealth, demonstrating an enormous sense of duty and commitment. Our thoughts are very much with the Royal Family at this time as the country comes together to pay tribute and remember Queen Elizabeth II.”

Other tributes from the corporate world came from British Airways, which said: “We are deeply honoured and proud to have flown Her Majesty on a number of occasions, moments which we will always cherish.

“Her Majesty has for so long shown immense resilience and encouraged us to stand together to face difficult times so now we proudly stand together with the United Kingdom, to thank her for her service and bid her a final farewell.”

And a statement from London department store Harrods said: “Her Majesty stood as a symbol of Britain, bringing comfort, leadership and steadfastness to millions over her 70-year reign.”

Business Live – North West