NFL to hold moment of silence for Queen Elizabeth II during season-opening kickoff game

'Before tonight’s #Rams-#Bills game, the NFL will have a moment of silence,' tweeted Ian Rapoport of NFL Network

NFL to hold moment of silence for Queen Elizabeth II during season-opening kickoff game
NFL honors Queen Elizabeth II (Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images and Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA: The NFL will hold a moment of silence before its Thursday night's season-opening kickoff game on September 8, between the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8, in the afternoon, at the age of 96. News of the moment of silence was shared by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

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The moment of silence is one of many tributes to Queen from the sports world, following news of her death. During a trip to the United States in 1957, the Queen, then five years into her reign, attended an ACC football game between the Maryland Terrapins and the North Carolina Tar Heels. Her attendance at the game was remembered by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The UK branch of NFL, which is set to host three games this year in London as American Football's popularity continues to grow in Britain, shared, "Everyone at NFL UK is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with The Royal Family. We join all those mourning the loss of Her Majesty.”

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The DP World Tour also halted play at the BMW PGA Championship on September 8 and suspended the next day's play. The DP World Tour wrote on Twitter, "Out of respect to Her Majesty and the Royal Family, play has been suspended at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club for the remainder of Thursday, and flags at Wentworth Club will be lowered to half-mast."

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The English Premier League also released a statement offering condolences to the royal family. The post read, "The Premier League is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II. Our thoughts and condolences are with The Royal Family and everyone around the world mourning the loss of Her Majesty."

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The late queen leaves behind four children, eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Archie and Lilibet. Her eldest son King Charles III will be crowned soon with Camilla as his Queen Consort. The Royal Family has now entered a period of mourning. Following this, all official engagements will be cancelled and union flags will be flown at half-mast on royal residences, government buildings, across the Armed Forces and on UK posts overseas.

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