The retail giant, known for its iconic department stores, halted operations during this period of national mourning. While Selfridges’ physical branches were closed, its online store continued to operate.
The company expressed its deep sorrow, acknowledging the Queen’s enduring presence and dedicated service to the country and the Commonwealth over seven decades. Queen Elizabeth II was seen as a symbol of Britain, providing comfort, leadership, and steadfastness to millions throughout her reign.
Similarly, other businesses and institutions paid tribute to the Queen. Harrods, the renowned luxury department store, stood in solidarity with the nation in grief, praising the Queen’s role as a symbol of Britain who brought comfort, leadership, and steadfastness. Harrods offered its deepest condolences to the Royal Family.
The British Fashion Council (BFC) also expressed its condolences and highlighted Queen Elizabeth II’s impact on the fashion industry. In 2018, the BFC had the honor of hosting the Queen at London Fashion Week to launch the QEII Award for British Design, which recognizes design excellence and positive impact. The BFC noted the Queen’s effortless style, charm, sense of fun, and passion for supporting young creatives.
Regarding London Fashion Week, the BFC confirmed that it would proceed, but brands were advised to cancel non-essential events. Burberry, one of the prominent fashion brands, decided to cancel its show scheduled for September 17. This decision was influenced by the expected timing of the Queen’s funeral, which was likely to be around 10 days after her passing. To respect the national mourning period, the BFC urged designers to consider the timing of their image releases.
Numerous other businesses and leaders in the retail sector also released statements expressing their condolences and recognizing the Queen’s extraordinary life, leadership, service, and selfless duty. The Duke of Westminster, who controls the Grosvenor estate housing many high-end brand stores in London, paid tribute to the Queen as a symbol of international unity, hope, and national pride.
Simon Roberts, CEO of Sainsbury’s, joined his retail peers in expressing sorrow over the Queen’s passing. He described her as a remarkable woman and an inspiration to people worldwide. Sainsbury’s colleagues had the honor of hosting her at the company’s 150th birthday celebrations, expressing gratitude for the time she spent with them. The CEO conveyed thanks for the Queen’s decades of extraordinary service and extended condolences to her family during this sad time.