Selfridges, Ralph Lauren and other Manchester shops close in mark of respect to The Queen

Many shops across Manchester city centre closed today following news of the Queen’s death yesterday.

Shoppers heading to Selfridges, on Exchange Square, were greeted by signs in the window announcing the popular department store was shut “in honour of Queen Elizabeth II”.

Several other nearby shops – including Boss, Russell & Bromley and French Connection – were also closed.

Boss closed its doors today

Ralph Lauren on New Cathedral Street posted a heartfelt message to customers in its window. It read: “We join the people of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the entire world in mourning the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“She was an inspiration to the world in so many ways – a monarch and a wife, mother and grandmother committed to her family – and most of all, a woman who inspired us with her unwavering commitment to lead with dignity, optimism and love for her country.”

Some other retail chains, including Marks & Spencer and Holland & Barrett, opted to stay open but dressed their windows to remember the Queen.

French Connection was also closed today

Harvey Nichols opened its doors but blacked out its windows. A message in the window read: “Her Majesty The Queen will be remembered for her long-serving reign and dedicated service to this country. As we mourn and reflect on this tragic loss, we send our thoughts to the Royal Family and public.”

These stores which closed today will reopen tomorrow.

All shops are expected to amend their opening hours for the Queen’s funeral on Monday September 19.

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